New acquisition, Scramble (2011) by Leo Villareal, as seen by two blog photographers.
Curator at Large Klaus Ottmann looks on as Preparators Bill Koberg and Alec MacKaye install a new work by Leo Villareal. The work, called Scramble (2011) and made of concentric squares of LEDs, was inspired by Villareal’s participation in a panel discussion at the Phillips with Klaus and painter Frank Stella last June. Read more about the work here.
D.C. audiences may be familiar with Villareal’s work from his transformational installation Multiverse in the National Gallery of Art’s concourse walkway.
In June of this year I moderated a captivating conversation between artists Frank Stella and Leo Villareal at the Phillips Collection during a symposium held in conjunction with our exhibition Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence. I was very pleased to learn during our Phillips trip to the Miami Beach art fairs last week that Leo Villareal was so inspired by his encounter with Stella at the Phillips that he created a new light work in homage to the artist, which was unveiled in Conner Contemporary Art’s booth at the PULSE art fair. The work, entitled Scramble, consists of a square light box whose rapidly changing light-emitting diodes recreate the color-shift effect of Stella’s 1967 sets for Merce Cunningham’s dance piece of the same title. For Cunningham’s Scramble, Stella stretched vividly-colored cloth over rectangular aluminum frames and mounted them onto casters that were moved quickly around the stage resulting in an ever-shifting collage of purple, blue, red , green, yellow, and orange. Stella later created his celebrated Scramble series of paintings and prints made up of concentric squares of varying colors.