As many of you might imagine, the setting-up of the Reef each time it’s exhibited is no small task. Our site-specific installations require several pairs of hands and eagle eyes to organize, place, and tweak each of the thousands of individual elements, usually working for several long days in a row. When the IFF installed our Reef exhibition in Scottsdale, AZ, we had the pleasure of getting to know and work with a number of devoted crafters of the Scottsdale Public Art Program (SPAP) and its surrounding community. It is to our delight and keen interest that the Scottsdale “crew” is currently showing their Reef again, this time at Waterfront Gallery, ARTscene, on the Scottsdale waterfront. We’re thrilled to see the Scottsdale Reef transplanted into a whole new “ocean,” this one with beautiful Moorish architectural details.
Wendy Raisanen, of the SPAP, reported that they “loved seeing the same elements from the previous exhibit coming to life in new formations in a different space. The work is totally fluid, and could probably be installed anywhere.” By all accounts the process of reconfiguring the colorful and sprawling Scottsdale Reef for a new space was “an inspiring labor of love.” Wendy and company experienced a “complete and total submersion in the crochet world while we were installing and creating the exhibition. It was like we were inside a very colorful, chaotic, creative, crocheted world, and when it was time to go home, I didn’t really want to leave, even though I was totally exhausted.”
Congratulations to all the Scottsdale reefers on your second exhibition of 2009! We’re glad your Reef is out and about for all of us to enjoy once more.