As the installation “Connectivity” by R.W.R collaborative gets dismantled from the front window at 760 Chapel Street, a new installation inspired by its precepts prepares for installation.
The R.W.R. collaborative is comprised of three Connecticut based artists who work with light, new media and sculpture. Sarah Rohfling brings her expertise in light art, her ability to use tones, hues and shadows. Terrance Regan provides a background in video and new media to engage and challenge viewers. Brian Walters adds a sculptural dimensionality by using salvaged materials.
On May 25, Brian joined the Grove at its weekly Wine Down for a relaxed and engaging Q&A session. Those who attended opened up with curiosity and enthusiasm about the concept of connectivity and how it animates their experience of co-working. Jack Heslin of J3D brought some objects he had spent the day 3D printing in a simple plastic called PLA, and a white portrait bust pictured below made from white copier paper on an MCor Iris 3D Printer. The event wrapped up with a mini field-trip downstairs to view the installation, led by Kris Tonski, owner of Fusion Design (pictured with Walters and artwork from another exhibition, Doors of Perception, in background).
Outside you could see bunches of coiled, multicolored wires and two monitors set up side by side through the front window. A series of images rotated on a 30-second loop, pairing bold words like “HITCH” with familiar images from television and film (e.g. the Simpsons and Caddy Shack) decontextualized to enable multiple readings and layered associations.
“Artists are often trying to compel you to look at things you’ve seen before in a brand new way,” says Elinor Slomba, who curates the Grove Gallery and manages the installations. “When that works, as it does here, the art leverages a sense of purpose within a community” she said, speaking of the R.W.R. collaborative’s work. “Sarah, Terrance and Brian not only brought a glimpse of what goes on in our space to the street-level public, but got coworkers co-dreaming about how they can contribute their own visual explorations.”
Some of those dreams will become actualized when Tonski and Heslin team up next to install an assemblage of 3D-printed original designs in the front window space. The environment they create will become more subtly complex each week as newly-printed objects in various colors are added.
The pair will begin installing their new artwork after July 1st with guidance and assistance from Christina Kane, the Grove’s Director of Culture. So “Connectivity” continues even as it passes the torch to the next set of collaborators. Well done, R.W.R. collaborative, well done!