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Leroi DeRubertis's avatar Leroi DeRubertis

I twisted well over two miles of wire into abstract figures for this three-part installation. I hand-form and paint each piece, and consider them drawings, as I use manipulate a line to create them. They are connected with transparent thread, for a floaty appearance. When prompted by air or vibration, the figures spin, along with their shadows. In one end of the room, a thousand faces hang in strands, staggered and layered, before the walls. They overlap, creating new faces as your viewpoint changes. On the other end of the room, along one wall, wire people, averaging eighteen inches, hang in clusters. Along the adjoining wall, thousands of hands span in a wall measuring sixteen feet long and eleven feet high. Viewers at GRAM are encouraged to blow lightly on the pieces to make the hands wave and the others spin. Individually, these wire pieces are a reminder that beauty lies in our quirks and imperfections. Collectively, they pose the importance of human connection and involvement as the social divide deepens.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: depends on venue
  • Medium: Wire
  • Width: varies, pref 5 ft at least
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: varies, pref 10 ft