Monday, August 4, 2008
Abbey Mural Fellowship Progam 2008
The Project was to design murals for a space of my choosing. Bellow is my proposal which explains the parameters of the design in detail.
The National Academy Museum Stone Room Proposal
The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts was once the home of the sculptor Ann Hyatt and her husband Archer Huntington. At his death Huntington deeded the building to the Academy. Since then much of the mansion has been converted into a Museum and School of Fine Arts. The Stone Room functioned as a dining room for the Huntingtons, and while it is largely underutilized today, it remains one of the most beautiful and ornately designed rooms in the building. I chose the Stone Room for my proposal in order to revitalize the classic elegance and enhance the beauty of this magnificent and sophisticated environment.
I am proposing 6 large-scale paintings on canvas to be installed into the space. The first is a 22’ x 28’ ceiling painting that opens up the space and adds light and color to the room. The ceiling mural depicts an aerial view of the surrounding buildings adjacent to the Stone Room. A trompe-l’oeil molded oval frame is incorporated painting, complementing the room’s original French/ Neo-Classical architectural design. What is seen through the ceiling is a moment in time and draws attention to the space’s potential future history. New York’s landscape is ever-changing and constant redevelopment will eventually affect the site’s external environment as depicted in the mural. Once the surrounding buildings have changed from their current state, the ceiling mural will alter the mural’s meaning, making the site-specificity of the mural integral to the work.
In addition, I propose to install (4) 78” x 112” paintings (on stretched canvas) into the niche spaces on the east and west sides of the room. These paintings will be placed to the each side of the existing sculptures, these ‘windows’ to the outside follow a similar motif to the centerpiece ceiling mural. These smaller works will bring the outside into the room, act as a record in time of the building’s surroundings, as well as seamlessly integrate with the room’s existing architecture.
The final painting is a 36” x 160” curved arch painting placed into the center niche of the north wall, mimicking a window from the south wall. As it would be impossible to physically add a window there, I decided it would be appropriate to paint a faux window in place of the existing stone wall.