Art & Writing by Christina M. Turner
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Installations

Installations

Installations allow me to play with scale and engage the viewer in a much more direct way. There’s a certain rhythm to people moving through a gallery space, and installations delightfully disrupt that.

 

For A Better Tomorrow, 2018

One of two pieces created for Decennalia - 10 Years of Myers in Venice, For A Better Tomorrow consists of 307 bags (the average number of bags thrown out per capita in America each year) folded and stacked like money. This piece is a mediation on intention and value, inspired by my grandmother, who used to meticulously fold plastic bags and rubber band them into bricks.

 

Pivot Point, 2017

For the SPACES Grand Opening at 2900 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland's Hingetown neighborhood, I created a 9 ft. x 3 ft. piston pin in "SPACES' pink" string.

Before the building was inhabited by Van Rooy Coffee, it was used by Thompson Products for the manufacture piston pins. Thompson went on to become the T in TRW, known around Cleveland as the contractors behind government satellites and guided missiles.

SPACES is the pin in the center of Cleveland's cultural engine: providing expertly engineered resources that connect artists, institutions, and the community.

 

Theoretical Limits, 2012

Theoretical Limits was a solo show at FORUM artspace in Cleveland in 2012.  Three primary works explored the concept of a system:

a triptych of paintings on wood panel that represented classical 2D artwork, an explosion of form that related to the viewer in it's proportion and hanging;

a 3D string installation that invited viewer interaction in a new and engaging way, getting people to bend and twist around the space in unique ways;

and finally a collection of hundreds of bookmark-sized prints, hung to mirror the triptych, which viewers could have for free in exchange for writing down their name and city and hanging that information in the bookmark's place.  These new slips formed a conceptual map of all the places the bookmarks would go, creating a network that slowly dissipated over time, turning the show into a system in four dimensions.

 

Prayer Flag Project, 2011

The Prayer Flag Project was a piece I hung on separate ends of campus during the Tibetan New Year in 2011.  Students could write their wishes on a flag and hang it, allowing the wind to carry the sentiment across Akron.