Spring 2004 International Artist-in-Residence Program

the ü in the i

  • Spring 2004 International Artist-in-Residence Program
  • Exhibition Dates: Mar 18,2004 - May 09,2004
  • About the artist
  • Michael VelliquetteMichael Velliquette

    Michael Velliquette has used drawing, sculpture, and video to delve into his psyche and daily life. Over the past decade he has recorded himself and his surroundings, and composed environments that reflect his personal journey. Using readily available materials classicallyRead more

About the exhibition

Michael Velliquette’s project at ArtPace is an explosion of color and material. With the ü in the i he has created an intense physical atmosphere that overflows with repeated visual motifs that enchant the eyes while moving forward his long-standing investigation of Self and the cosmos.

Velliquette has made a space within a space, constructing an enormous cardboard box inside of what would otherwise be a white, three-walled gallery. Like the closet in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a doorway in into the space serves as the threshold beyond which lies another reality.

The viewer discovers the land by walking on a path of plastic tarps covering the floor. The road leads over a small bridge, toward a cave, and to a giant hand-shaped pillow lying on the floor. Passed along the way are neon pink and yellow sine waves, sunny rainbows of colored tape, watery cascades of blue plastic, and anonymous, double-sided profiles cut out of galaxy-printed paper.

Compounding the sense of a person exploring the past, present, future, and the world beyond, is the overwhelming presence of outstretched, searching fingers. From each corner hangs a six-foot cardboard hand punctuated by a planetary mobile. Giant palms reach out of the walls, and an enormous pair of inquiring eyes probe the space for answers.

The multitude of elements in the ü in the i encourages an acute awareness of one’s place in the universe. It is a mysteriously ordered disorder—a potent metaphor for the rhythms of life on this planet, and perhaps what lies beyond.

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