RESURRECTION / EXODUS 1996
(The Holtkoetter Project)
RESURRECTION / EXODUS 1996 was a commissioned by Holtkoetter International, a German chandelier manufacturer, for their USA headquarter offices.
The work was inspired by the Exodus story of FAITH as one enters the wilderness: following a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
The background and foreground oscillates with the various elements: radiance of the gold and the position of the sun and the position of the viewer. The background color is a custom mix of deep blue violet purple/black which was applied in layers over the gold- back and forth, which gives the work depth.
There are five panels- five being the number of love. The panels were affixed to an overhang of a balcony in the front lobby. The South light washed the paintings and each painting was a revelation- of gold + a gold aura.
The viewer is not a spectator but is involved with the revelation and the shadow of the work. A pas-de-deux. An improvisational exponential disclosure of attending and opening/offerings.
Spectacular + intimate epiphanies.
PAS DE DEUX https://vimeo.com/40184263
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rml451SJvXs please mute sound!
Jessica Lang Dance:
Slowly and suddenly, the work shifted into light and then to material. A suspension and a transformation of the ordinary into a sublime moment.
This major work was dedicated to my beloved doctor: the late Dr. Mark B. Coventry of the Mayo Clinic. He looked at the x-rays of my bone and always saw my spirit. We were in concert for decades. Before he died he asked me to make two promises to him: Please PROMISE me TWO things: ONLY let those who honor and respect you come near and ALWAYS remain an artist.
This was and will always be an enduring love story- a model, a blueprint of cherishing. I am so grateful for his love and vision of me...and, he knew I loved him. Always.
Each panel measures:
64" H x 37" W x 2.5" D.
The commission was site specific.
The quarter size model are shown as well as the stages of exploration and execution.
The images prented show the development of the creative process to the final decision. The viewer ALWAYS sees the artist's last decision as their FIRST experience.
The documentation presents the final installation- each piece was affixed 2" off the wall- I wanted the pieces to appear hovering/floating defying their actual physical weight like a chandelier and the internal seismic occurence of an internal ephiphany and/or a flash of creative genius in ANY discipline that is a breakthrough.
This work was both attended to with keen attention to detail and conscious decision-making of the physical/metaphysical/alchemical/spiritual aspects and properties properties of LIGHT.
Upon completion, the work is improvisational in how it is experienced: a constant revelation and disclosure. Large pieces that are actually an intimate dialogue/dance with each viewer.
A visual improvisation of LIGHT breaking through darkness. FAITH. HOPE.
My life/art/body was shaped by the Mayo Clinic culture.
Dr. Mark B. Coventry was my surgeon from childhood through adulthood. He invented the FIRST artificial hip along with a London orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Coventry was the first American surgeon to implant the first artificial hip.
I was his muse.We were a pas-de-deux. He was a creative genius. I was a very determined child who would NOT be defined by my congenital dysplasia of both hips and feet and my right leg that was twisted around my neck.
My Mother had lost most of her amniotic fluid at 20 weeks intop her pregnancy. I was born full term. I lived in the hospital for the first 10 years of my life.
As of 2015, I have had 45 reconstructive surgeries.
The FIVE panels of the RESURRECTION/EXODUS paintings were made available due to the personal bankruptcy of the the former Holtkoetter President.
In 1996, he had commissioned me to create original work for the American headquarters of Holtkoetter, a German manufacturer of traditional chandeliers and modern halogen lamps. His aesthetics were honed and exquisite. I asked him what he heard in his mind's eye for this commission. He sang, in German, the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. THAT piece of triumph through the wilderness of dark despair, I knew and is the experience of being human. We RISE. WE can RISE. This moment ignited the evolution of the work.
The r/evolution of this commission was a personal and creative breakthrough- largest scale.
I chose luminosity- gold on deep blue violet/black background- layers and layers.
The works were consequently a constant revelation as the light and the position of the viewer shifted. The piece could become silver on black to bright gold on purple ( the colors of resurrection in many world cultures)- all depending on the ambient light and the position of the viewer. The viewer looked UP in the site specific location- see the images.
An intimate communion- a dance.
Each piece hovered off the wall- like a suspended epiphany.
On the back of EACH panel, I wrote:
Dr. Coventry, I keep my promises to you.