Spaces reveal a great deal about their inhabitants. They reflect
what we prefer, inform what we do, and affect how we're perceived.
UICA's move from a boldly contemporary dwelling to a classical
Beaux-Arts-style building on the KCAD campus raises exciting
questions about how we make a space that was not initially built for
us feel inherently like our own. How do we re-envision this monumental
structure and provide new and alternate ways of experiencing
the spaces in and around it? How can we cultivate unconventional
relationships between interiors and exteriors, and by extension, between
artists and audiences?
Petrone's site-specific installation considers the common perceptions
of the building as a historical place of business and alerts the
city that something new and exciting is happening. This bold display
of brightly colored spheres activates the building and outdoor
spaces and invites visitors to admire and explore the building.
Cheerful and playful shapes rise from the grounds, expand from
windows, perch on the rooftop, and welcome passersby to this rejuvenated
space that celebrates new life, new beginnings, and a
KCAD and UICA symbiosis.