Tuesday, June 11, 2019

AMY TRACHTENBERG - Covered in Sky

Recently the artist Amy Trachtenberg has been digging her way through our mountains of foam scraps and retired cushions.  For weeks she's hauled away bags and bags of materials.  She said that the sculpture had to go higher, that the ceiling at the gallery needed to be reached.  We couldn't imagine what she was making.  Finally the monumental sculpture will be revealed at her new show titled Covered in Sky going up this weekend at the at the Luggage Store (June 14 through July 13, 2019).  We deal with piles of used cushion foam daily and it is as an ongoing challenge to keep it from swallowing up our work area.  We cut it up, bag it and send it off to be recycled into carpet padding.  Seeing how the the materials are reconfigured by Amy gives them a magical, if maybe a little ominous, presence.

Standing on One Leg Swallowing the Mountain of Appearances

Steel cart, foam rubber, twine, jute, nylon, leather, plastic belts and shoes

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