Visitor's Alcove for Blast: The Spatial Drive and The Pocket
Dictionary of Spatial Drives
September 27, 1992 - January 3, 1993
Window on Broadway
"Through the '80s and increasingly in the '90s, a configurative
type of art has been appearing that combines the qualities of site-specificity
with those of the discrete art object, yet is distinct from both.
It is neither determined by its site, nor closed off from its surroundings;
it is structured both in terms of an internal system of relations,
and through the relations it establishes between itself and the
site or sites in which it is installed . . . Along with the site,
it embraces the viewer as a crucial, mobile component, an integral
aspect of a variable system of spatial relationsÑfor the
system alters as the viewer moves. Emphasizing the peripatetic nature
of art 'viewing,' along with the function of context in providing
a frame, the art work seems to reside in the layered and shifting
perceptual relations between configured objects, the viewer, and
elements of the space itself."
Laura Trippi, exhibition brochure.
"In its light, modest material touch, its spacey pop-philosophical
tone, and its hands-on approach, the kind of work represented in
The Spatial Drive adds up to one of the few recognizable styles
the 1990s have produced so far."
Holland Cotter, "Abstractly to Zealously, a Glossary of Ways
to Use Space," The New York Times, October 3, 1992.
"Ultimately, the most interesting thing about this show was
the involvement of the museum guards, who instead of fading into
the background, became active participants in the show and seemed
to be having a wonderful time."
Eleanor Heartney, "The Spatial Drive," Artnews,