I flew out to Arizona for my first time and I fell in love.
The purpose of my trip was to see Alois Kronschlaeger’s awe-inspiring Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. His installation, his largest and most ambitious to-date, was stunning. It was over a year in the making, took seven weeks to install with a crew of people, and one night to celebrate his accomplishment.
I also ventured into the desert. I took in the landscape and the culture.
At dawn, I bid adieu to Tucson and headed to Yuma, Arizona in a red convertible Chevy Camaro. I got the grand tour of Yuma by the city’s own spokesperson, seeing the Colorado River and the Ocean to Ocean Highway.
I hopped back in my Camaro and continued my journey to San Diego. I traveled through the desert, the sand dunes, the turbines, the mountains, and finally through paradise.
I drove over 400 miles to the coast, basking in the sun upon my arrival.
I ate Mexican food while talking aviation with my old pal and Marine pilot.
The next day, I traded in the Camaro for a new set of wheels, a beautiful bicycle with red rims. I rode all along Mission Beach, envisioning my life in this paradise.
On Saturday night, Critter & Guitari hosted a party, pop-up exhibition, and concert at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York City.
The ONOMONO Party has begun with installations by Ali Osborn, Raphael Griswold, Teddy O'Connor and Alois Kronschlaeger.
Chris and Owen introduce the lineup of talented acts performing
Orit Ben-Shitrit presents ONOMONO
Erika Spring and Melanie Moser perform
Patrick Noecker also known as RAFT performs
The final performance of the evening
All in all, it was an awesome party to culminate an exciting year. Thanks to Cristin Tierney, Main Drag Music, The Original Moonshine, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Ross Goldstein, Joe Grillo, Raphael Griswold, Melanie Moser, Patrick Noecker, Teddy O’Connor, Ali Osborn, Tonito Santos, and Erika Spring. Special thanks to Alois Kronschlaeger for my beautiful gift. Extra special thanks to everyone who wore sequins!
Way back in January, I described my week with Alois Kronschlaeger, installing Allotropisms at Cristin Tierney and now I would like to share his latest project, Spire.
In April, Alois was asked by his friend Paul Amenta, founder of the nonprofit arts organization SiTE:LAB, to do an installation in an abandoned building in downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize 2011. Of course, Alois jumped on the opportunity which has enabled him to create his largest work to-date.
Alois’ idea was to create a giant installation that connected the entire building by assembling his biomorphic sculpture in the elevator shaft starting in the basement and extending through the roof. Once this idea sprouted, he built a scale model, gave a lecture at SVA, wrote a blog, starred in a documentary, broke through the roof, constructed Spire and then made the front page of the Grand Rapids Press.
Now all he has to do is win.
All in all, I am so proud of Alois for accomplishing this amazing feat.