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Exhibition Detail
pulse: tayo heuser
1600 21st St., NW
Washington , DC 20009

November 17th, 2009 - November 9th, 2010
November 17th, 2009 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
, Tayo HeuserTayo Heuser
United States
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, with extended evening hours on Thursdays until 8:30 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm

Tayo Heuser’s sculptural installation is created in response to Mark Rothko’s paintings in the Rothko Room (2nd floor), and with the architecture of the stairwell  in mind. It engages the properties of the site in a way that resonates with the light and quietude of the paintings. Heuser aims to capture the luminosity and inner force of Rothko’s surfaces- a mixture of joy and tragedy, delight and sorrow, silence and vigor-and translate them into three-dimensions.

Suggesting breathing, as an elemental biological function and a sign of life, Pulse also suggests a frame of mind, or a state of being in perpetual becoming. The title recalls Rothko’s own notion of “breathingness”, a term he coined to describe the plasticity, expansion, and depth behind his color-field planes. To render the implied depth of Rothko’s painting in three-dimensions, Heuser has produced paper forms of slightly different shapes and sizes that follow the spiral flow of the stairway. Seemingly buoyant they evoke inhaling and exhaling, or, as Rothko would say, breathingness.

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