At the end of January I had the honor of photographing once again for the good people over at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This time their need was to create a series of images that capture a one-of-a-kind installation called Inherent Innate Tension by conceptual artist, Lawrence Weiner.
The end result will be a collection of the images designed into a custom book highlighting this historic installation. What makes this installation historic?
- This installation marks the first time in the museum’s history that artwork had been installed on the walls of the areas designed by architect, Santiago Calatrava.
- And this is the first time the museum has had the pleasure of working with and sharing Lawrence’s conceptual artwork.
So when asked by my contacts at the museum if I was interested in documenting both the art opening event and the installation I was more than happy to take on the project and work with them to achieve their goals.
Now I must say that this two-day shoot was a bit out of the norm for how I normally document my projects - mainly that I rarely used my tripod on this assignment.
Day one was all about the opening event and using a tripod is simply much too cumbersome. On day two I began by approaching the shoot as any other architectural project but found that the uniqueness of the installation in combination with the design of the museum required a less formal approach. So part way through the day I went hand-held and would bend, stoop, crouch or ride a scissor-lift to get the images I saw in my head.
The best part about this shoot was treating it more like a blend of street photography and straight architectural photography. Which makes sense since Lawrence’s work is conceptual and is meant to be interactive.
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Every successful project is a team effort. And when you have a great team, like the good folks at the MAM, the end results are always going to be wonderful! I want to thank my on-site contacts, Julie Tokarz-Stoye and Margaret Andera as well as all of their support staff, the maintenance crew, and security - you guys are awesome! Working with you make my job easy.
Getting to photograph this installation was a wonderful way to begin the new year. I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I did in creating them.
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