Bilateral—Diagonal

Bilateral—Diagonal, 2011

The floor work Bilateral—Diagonal was designed for the Yogastudio Y8 in Hamburg after I returned from Los Angeles. The curator Marc Glöde had conceived a series of exhibitions in 2011 titled (Re-)Locating the Self, in which each of the twelve artists invited would have an artistic work or intervention in the yoga studio for one month. On the floor of the studio there is a grid of eight by eight fields, arranged orthogonally to the axes of the room. The grid supports the perception of the room as a cube and was intended to mark the places where the participants practice. I developed the floor work Bilateral—Diagonal, which grew out of my intense work on Schindler’s How House, in relation to that grid. In order to establish the connection to Schindler’s building, I used the grid established by the floor and then placed over it in red tape the bilateral, diagonal grid characteristic of the floor plan of the How House. In addition, the black grid was replaced by a gray one. The new grid, which had nine divisions, was shifted relative to the gray one, emphasizing the diagonal spatial axis. If one walked through the room on it, one’s perception of the space on both sides altered. This made it possible to experience the space as material.

Bilateral—Diagonal was placed on the floor as a large-format drawing. As the concept for the work evolved, I used wooden sticks (2 × 2 cm) to create an object measuring 100 × 100 cm, painted white, in order to illustrate the bilateral structure. I installed this object on a white wall in the yoga room. It truly seemed to plunge into it. The large-format drawing on the floor corresponded to the rather small-format structure on the wall, creating the impression of a chiasmus.

Floor piece:
Dimensions of grid: 940 x 940 cm
Materials: gray scotch tape: 18 mm; red scotch tape: 22 mm

Relief:
Dimensions: 98 x 98 cm
Materials: square profile beech wood (2 x 2 cm), color: white

Bilateral—Diagonal | Photo: Klaus Frahm

Bilateral—Diagonal | Photo: Klaus Frahm

Bilateral—Diagonal | Photo: Klaus Frahm

Bilateral—Diagonal | Photo: Klaus Frahm

Bilateral—Diagonal | Photo: Klaus Frahm