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Liz Collins’ Energy Field: Carpet Is The Star Of The Show!

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Fabric on the floor changes the space immediately, and carpet spanning an entire space claims the room as a unique domain. My very first idea for Energy Field, a long-running art installation at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, was to install a wall-to-wall carpet with an engineered design based on one of my bold graphic artworks. I wanted the room to be its own world; one that when people entered it, they would immediately know they were in a zone completely different than the other spaces in the building.

Thanks to my friend Todd Oldham, I connected with Mark Page, Durkan’s senior director color and design, who graciously took on my project and within 4 months I had an amazing, perfect installation where the carpet is the star of the show. I could not place anything in the space until the carpet was installed, as it grounded my whole vision of the room. All objects in the room had direct relationships to the carpet, and this floor really functions as a directive of sorts, telling people where to be. This is in keeping with the concept of direction, with graphics of warning signs repeating throughout the work.

Energy Field is more than just an art installation. Its purpose is to transform a space where visitors can explore and rest. Viewed through a pop post-modern lens, I use exploding supernovas on the ceiling, chevrons on the wall and stripes on the floor. I also included a mirrored wall, which extends the room into the next dimension while at the same time functions as a grounding device, i.e., “I am here now. Here I am.”

– Liz Collins, Artist: Energy Field

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Energy Field, featuring a custom Durkan carpet, will be up until October of 2017, with various elements of it evolving over the course of the two years. The carpet will remain in place for the duration. Look for the upcoming book about the project, which will be published by Tang. Find out more about Liz Collins.

Find out more about this installation and the Tang Museum.

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