I’ll start by saying: the LDPE LOOP instillation is open at the Future Tenant Gallery until Sunday, September 6 until 5:00 pm – GET OVER THERE!
LDPE is an installation by four architecture students that explores the interactions and reactions that occur between art, space and audience through a sublime array of mundane material Low-Density PolyEthylene
The exhibit was designed and assembled by Filip Agren, Max Arocena, Conor Doyle, and Liz Duray. The graphics of the promotional posters attracted viewers and the clarified overall assembly. The plastic bags formed hexagons. The alternating blue and clear bags made a “labyrinthine” circulation and were accented by ambiant lighting that allowed the cave to glow.
Scott Smith made an appearance at the opening night and we spotted him experimenting with the expansion of the walls by briskly walking past. Scott spoke to us about embellishments that could improve the project. He described how by moving the instillation to an outside site and selectively adding weight to half of the bags that the wind would allow for the plastic-bag lungs to really expand from a breeze.
The LDPE instillation was similar to Kaitlin’s instillation at the Frame this past spring with the dangling phone book pages that defined spaces. The LDPE instillation space almost seemed too small what the plastic bags could amount to, or perhaps there was enough overall space and the spacial definition of the bags was too tight to realize the overall space. On the other hand, if the instillation had passage ways that were larger, the cave light qualities and lung expansion qualities may have been lost.
LDPE is worth the crazy trip downtown.
Photographs courtesy of Becky Peterkin.