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As one of the winners of “Curtains” competition, we exhibited ‘Cubic Prism’ at courtyard of Goldsmith Hall at The University of Texas at Austin. It is a large cube-based structure made out of three different colors of textiles. Suspended between two buildings at the Goldsmith Hall in the university of Texas, Austin, the piece reacts to environmental factors, as the geometry of a rigid cube is replaced with soft semi-transparent fabrics. The installation’s opacity changes according to the way natural light is filtered through it, mixing the different colors – the transient prism continuously shifts its visual appearance. Hanging naturally between the surrounding buildings, the structure dramatically influences the nature of the square below.
Though I did not see the installation, I am strongly drawn to this work on many levels. I attended the University during the formative years of my life in the early 70s. The pull of the work also references the work of Christo, with his environmental fiber installations. Add in the transparent, translucent, transformative space that reminds me of Do So Huh’s portable “Home” installations, and I am hooked on so many levels. Gossamer, connective, elevated, unaccessible, and fragile are ideas that come to my mind. Moriyama’s work invites us in, but quickly reminds us that there are some place we just can’t go to. This magical place is something for our imagination if nothing else.