On a recent rainy afternoon, I was running some errands around NoLita and stood puzzled on Elizabeth Street. I looked around and squinted. Inside a stark white church I noticed a shocking red mass that drew me to walk through the building’s door. From a technical standpoint, the material installation alone is jaw-dropping. Tiny pieces of paper collected into delicate structures, some as small as a piece of confetti, just slightly coming off from the wall’s surface assembled in such a way that your eye wanders in a looping direction. Deep reds to cool blues gather the space. Artist Heidi Whitman’s “wall maps” depicting Heaven, Hell, and Here are a site-specific installation at Christopher Henry Gallery – which is, indeed, a former church – informed by an array of themes some being religion, neuroscience, philosophy and literature.
Through April 20, 2014
Heidi Whitman: Heaven, Hell, and Here
Christopher Henry Gallery
127 Elizabeth Street between Broome and Grand
photo credit: image courtesy of Christopher Henry Gallery, New York