JANET ECHELMAN

Джанет Эчельман

Space Between Us

Janet Echelman

source: highlike

Work: Janet Echelman was commissioned to create the headlining sculpture for GLOW 2013, the triennial art event for site-specific works on Santa Monica Beach. Lasting only one night – from dusk to dawn – the beach is transformed into a “playground for thoughtful and participatory, temporary art.” On the night of September 28, 2013, more than 150,000 people attended GLOW and participated in sculpting the earthwork beneath Echelman’s aerial sculpture, “The Space Between Us,” making it one of the largest public art events in the U.S. In an article published the morning after the event, The New York Times credited Echelman’s work for “giving crafts a coolly conceptual edge.” Echelman’s ground-breakingwork utilized experimental elements, including shaped earth and an audio component that synced to a pulsating lighting program. The artist and her team collaborated with City Public Works staff to create carved sand indentations for visitors to enter and gaze up at the aerial sculpture, becoming a part of the immersive experience. Echelman views this commission as a point of growth and departure. “The beach is the charged zone between human society and uncontrolled nature,” she said. “I’m interested in sculpting earth and sky, and placing ourselves in between. It’s the collision of heaviness and lightness, between our gravity-bound bodies which walk on sand, and the part of us which seeks to float in air, or in water.” “My goal was to invite people to have an ephemeral sensory experience without words – a moment of contemplation that can evoke preverbal memory and engage our Limbic brain.” Produced by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation, the goal of the evening was to “break through the public’s preconceived notion of what art can be, encouraging both thoughtful contemplation and energetic participation,” said GLOW organizers.
Photographer: William Short Photography
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source: echelman

BIOGRAPHY

Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.

Recent prominent works include: “Her Secret is Patience” spanning two city blocks in downtown Phoenix, “Water Sky Garden” which premiered for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, “She Changes” on the waterfront in Porto, Portugal, and “Every Beating Second” in San Francisco Airport’s new Terminal Two.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Echelman was named Architectural Digest’s 2012 Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 33 languages and is estimated to have been viewed by more than a million people worldwide.

Upcoming projects include the University of Oregon Matthew Knight Arena, and the remaking of Dilworth Plaza in front of Philadelphia City Hall — turning it into a garden of dry-mist.

ARTIST’S STORY

American artist Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculpture that responds to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.

Echelman first set out to be an artist after graduating college. She moved to Hong Kong in 1987 to study Chinese calligraphy and brush-painting. Later she moved to Bali, Indonesia, where she collaborated with artisans to combine traditional textile methods with contemporary painting.

When she lost her bamboo house in Bali to a fire, Echelman returned to the United States and began teaching at Harvard. After seven years as an Artist-in-Residence, she returned to Asia, embarking on a Fulbright lectureship in India.

With the promise to give painting exhibitions around the country, she shipped her paints to Mahabalipuram, a fishing village famous for sculpture. When her paints never arrived, Echelman, inspired by the local materials and culture, began working with bronze casters in the village.

She soon found the material too heavy and expensive for her Fulbright budget. While watching local fishermen bundling their nets one evening, Echelman began wondering if nets could be a new approach to sculpture: a way to create volumetric form without heavy, solid materials.

By the end of her Fulbright year, Echelman had created a series of netted sculpture in collaboration with the fishermen. Hoisting them onto poles, she discovered that their delicate surfaces revealed every ripple of wind.

Today Echelman has constructed net sculpture environments in metropolitan cities around the world. She sees public art as a team sport and collaborates with a range of professionals including aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators.

She built her studio beside her hundred-year-old house, where she lives with her husband David Feldman and their two children.

STUDIO STATEMENT

about-studioStudio Echelman explores the cutting edge of sculpture, public art, and urban transformation. Assembled and led by internationally recognized sculptor Janet Echelman, the design team focuses on the development and creation of large-scale artworks

The permanent and temporary projects draw inspiration from ancient craft and modern technology. Using materials from woven fiber to atomized mist, the studio creates living, breathing pieces that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light.

By combining meaning with physical form, it strives to create a visceral experience in diverse city environments, accessible to all. These sculpture environments embody local identity and invite residents to form a personal and dynamic relationship with the art and place. Each project becomes intimately tied to its environment through the use of local materials and working methods, thus strengthening neighborhood connections and promoting a distinctive civic character.

The design team spans the globe. Studio Echelman is privileged to collaborate with brilliant aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators.
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source: ted

Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light— and become inviting focal points for civic life.

Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.

Recent prominent works include “Her Secret is Patience”, which spans two city blocks in downtown Phoenix, “Water Sky Garden”, which premiered for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and “She Changes”, which transformed a waterfront plaza in Porto, Portugal. Her newest commission creates a “Zone of Recomposure” in the new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. Upcoming projects include the remaking of Dilworth Plaza in front of Philadelphia City Hall — turning it into a garden of dry-mist.
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source: hojeemdia

A costa da Califórnia, nos Estados Unidos, é famosa pelo pôr do sol dourado. No fim de semana, porém, a praia de Santa Mônica, na região de Los Ângeles, ganhou destaque no país por causa de uma criação da artista Janet Echelman.

A obra “O Espaço Entre Nós” (The Space Between Us) iluminou a praia durante a noite de sábado (28) para domingo (29), em uma experiência cultural realizada por artistas para reimaginar a área como um playground para exposições artísticas temporárias.

Segundo a criadora, o objetivo é acionar uma zona carregada oferecida pelo litoral, algo entre o humano e a natureza selvagem. “Minha intenção é convidar as pessoas a uma experiência sensorial efêmera sem palavras, um momento de contemplação que evoque a memória e envolva nosso cérebro”, explica.

A expectativa dos organizadores é de que entre 100 mil e 200 mil pessoas tenham visto a obra, que tem cerca de 52 metros de largura, por 16 de altura. O trabalho foi produzido com nylon, poliéster, areia, luzes e sons.
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source: archdaily

A artista americana Janet Echelman estreou recentemente, em Vancouver, sua mais nova – e maior – escultura. Muito conhecida por sua habilidade artística de remodelar o espaço aéreo das cidades, a sofisticada mistura de técnicas antigas e tecnologia moderna levou Echelman a trabalhar em colaboração com engenheiros mecânicos e aeronáuticos, arquitetos, designer de iluminação, paisagistas e fabricantes para “transformar o ambiente urbano através de suas redes esculturais.” Utilizando fibras leves para suspender sua monumental forma “respirante” acima das ruas de Vancouver, a nova escultura de Echelman terá uma escala nunca antes alcançada. Segundo Echelman, “a fibra dá à obra a resistência que ela precisa, mas permite criar uma estrutura que é leve e delicada para que possa se mover com o vento.” Segundo o fabricante, a Honeywell Spectra Fiber é feita de “polietileno molecular de ultra alta densidade usando um processo patenteado de fiação. A fibra apresenta alta resistência a químicos, água e luz ultravioleta.”
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source: ournal-du-design

À la fin des années 1990, l’artiste Janet Echelman voyage en Inde avec l’intention de proposer des expositions de peinture à travers le pays. Elle expédie ses fournitures de peinture à l’avance et atterrit dans le village de pêcheurs de Mahabalipuram pour débuter ses expositions mais son matériel de peinture n’est jamais arrivé.

En se promenant dans le village, elle a été frappée par la qualité et la variété des filets utilisés par les pêcheurs locaux et s’est demandé à quoi pourrait ressembler ces filets, s’ils étaient suspendus et éclairés dans les airs. Serait-ce une nouvelle approche de la sculpture ? Un nouveau chapitre dans sa carrière d’artiste est né et l’artiste a depuis consacré son temps et son énergie à la création de ces sculptures colorées et monumentales et à leur exposition à travers le monde. Janet entreprend actuellement sa plus grande pièce jamais réalisée, une sculpture de 213m de long qui sera suspendue au-dessus de Vancouver le mois prochain, à l’occasion du 30e anniversaire de la TED Conférence. Ce projet est réalisé en collaboration avec la Fondation Burrard Arts, elle est actuellement à la recherche de financement via Kickstarter. Voici un aperçu de ses installations.
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source: glits

Te presentamos las esculturas aéreas de la artista americana Janet Echelman. Janet crea increíbles instalaciones usando técnicas tradicionales de tejido en red para transformar simples carretes de hilo en piezas impresionantes.

Sus hermosas esculturas usualmente se instalan entre edificios y los postes, con esto, la artista busca asemejar la aurora boreal con un juego de luces nocturnas. Las luminosas esculturas han dado la vuelta en todo el mundo, añadiendo colores al cielo. Sus piezas son realizadas con Tenara que es un hilo de alta tecnología que se fabrica a partir de 100 por ciento de PTFE expandido, por lo que es de dos a tres veces más fuerte que el hilo de teflón convencional, se trata de una fibra diseñada para uso en exteriores, resistente a la putrefacción y el moho y no se ve afectada por la radiación ultravioleta, tras ser anudado se amarran a anillos de acero galvanizado son suspendidos en el espacio mediante cabos.

Antes de que un solo nudo sea atado, se utiliza software de diseño para medir los efectos de la gravedad, la simetría de sus estructuras y su peso.
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source: novate

Идея создания столь оригинальной коллекции пришла в голову художника абсолютно случайно. В конце 1990-х годов Janet Echelman поехал в Индию в качестве стипендиата программы Fulbright. Он планировал дать несколько выставок по стране и одновременно познакомиться с культурой индийского народа. А что за Индия без бескрайнего побережья, усыпанного рыболовецкими суднами! Вот и отправился художник на встречу с рыбаками, надеясь встретить интересный типаж внешности или красочный пейзаж. Но вместо этого в глаза Janet Echelman бросились километры рыболовецких сетей, растянутые вдоль береговой линии. После этого художник принялся раскрашивать огромные куски сетей и вешать их в самых неожиданных местах: над автострадой, возле современного небоскреба, в парке. Некоторые композиции выполняют чисто декоративную функцию, некоторые защищают Сейчас Janet Echelman работает над подвесной скульптурой размером более 200 метров. Данная композиция посвящена 30-летию TED Conference и будет установлена в центре Ванкувера. Кто-то сравнивает работы художника с красочными картинами на асфальте, кому-то подвесные скульптуры напоминают гамаки, но абсолютно все сошлись во мнении, что творчество Janet Echelman – абсолютно новый вид в искусстве.
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source: vytvarnask

Neprehliadnuteľné útvary na oblohe vyzerajú staticky len na fotografiách. V skutočnosti žijú a dýchajú. Teda, aspoň metaforicky. Pri každej zmene sily a smeru vetra menia aj útvary svoju tvár, takže diváci, čo idú okolo, ich vidia vždy inak. Svetlo a farba prepožičiava abstraktným objektom viacznačnosť. Každý v nich vidí, čo v nich vidieť chce. V realite ide o obyčajné siete. Tie sú dielom Janet Echelman a pôsobia dojmom, akoby boli utkané rovno zo vzduchu. Nenechajte sa ale oklamať, ich krehký vzhľad je len ilúziou. V skutočnosti sú „sochy“ vyrobené z extra pevného vlákna, 15-krát odolnejšieho ako oceľ a nepretrhnú sa ani vo vetre sily hurikánu. Za zmienku stoja aj ich úctyhodné rozmery – najväčšie útvary sa rozprestierajú v priestore takmer 50 metrov!
Janet Echelman každý útvar vlastnoručne utkala. Pomáhala si pri tom technikou, ktorú pred rokmi odpozorovala od indických rybárov, keď bola na študijnom pobyte. Fascinujúca vzdušná krása už oživila niekoľko svetových metropol.
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source: flipermag

在1990年時 Janet Echelman 前往印度巡迴繪畫展覽,她將所有他的畫作運至印度,沒想到半幅畫作都未曾抵達,於是 Janet 在馬哈巴利普蘭的漁村,邊走邊看,她從漁民手中的漁網得到了靈感,並想到”如果將這些漁網放置在空中,有沒有可能成就出一種雕塑品的新方法呢?在她的藝術生涯中,新篇章頓時油然而生,Janet 將她所有的時間和精力投入在世界各地不停地創建這些大規模的漁網雕塑作品。
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source: snoopit24

Από τα δίχτυα των ψαράδων στα δίχτυα στον ουρανό! Μια ιδέα, που γεννήθηκε σε ψαροχώρι της Ινδίας…

Στα τέλη της δεκαετίας του 1990, η καλλιτέχνης Janet Echelman ταξίδεψε στην Ινδία, ως υπότροφος του Ιδρύματος Fulbright, με την πρόθεση να παρουσιάσει τη ζωγραφική στη χώρα. Κι ενώ βρισκόταν σε ένα ψαροχώρι, ξαφνικά της ήρθε η ιδέα, βλέποντας τον τρόπο που οι ντόπιοι έφτιαχναν τα δίχτυα σε πολλά ποιοτικά και διαφορετικά σχέδια.

Αν τέτοια δίχτυα κρέμονταν στον αέρα και φωτίζονταν, πώς θα ήταν, σκέφτηκε κι έτσι άνοιξε ένα νέο κεφάλαιο στην καριέρα της, βάζοντας τους επισκέπτες σε ένα «οπτικό πείραμα».