UWM History of Art Gallery

Falling Still (planes)

Nathaniel Stern and Yevgeniya Kaganovich
Falling Still (planes), Architectural / relational installation with concrete, steel and fishing line , 8 x 15 x 4 ft


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Nathaniel Stern at UWM History of Art Gallery

'Falling Still', a collaboration between South African, USA-based artist Nathaniel Stern and Belarus-born jeweller, metalsmith and sculptor Yevgeniya Kaganovich, utilizes 200 cement-cast feathers as individual pixels to create a larger image across six planes. Each of these sculptures has been hand-poured into molds of actual feathers, exhibiting finely detailed quills on one side, and flat concrete surfaces on the other. They hang from the ceiling via discrete fishing lines, swinging, twisting and turning as viewers move around the  installation area. From all perspectives but one, the work floats between one-dimensional lines,  two-dimensional planes and three-dimensional pixels. View it exactly perpendicular to its planes, and all the work’s elements cohere into a bit-mapped image of a body, leaping through the air. While 'Falling Still' is itself suspended between movement and stasis, it also moves and arrests us. The installation directs us in and around incongruous objects, through an improbable image, and across multiple dimensions.

02 December 2010 - 16 December 2010