A Bit of Red by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo opened at MetaLES yesterday. This is the first time in a long while that I have seen a collaborative installation by these two artists who I know have worked closely in the past. The exhibit is inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, a novel that has been made into a popular film and musicals. Provided at the landing is a notecard with a fitting segment of words; [a] heart and a rose…. the perfect elements, through which it begin a journey that leads to the vision of some fragments in a story of passion and pain… While I haven’t seen the Phantom of the Opera and thus had some difficulty grasping the full meaning of the installation, it ultimately didn’t really matter. This is clearly about love, loss and longing.
The foundation of this work consists of large blocks in various geometric shapes. There are two enormous metal pipes attached at the bottom of these. Some of the large shapes are connected. Others are simply in very close proximity and it is easy to fall in between them when walking around. There are large openings on most of the top-surfaces of the shapes, some covered by sturdy metal grids other by glass; one will fall though some of them and not through others. When falling one drops through one of the large metal pipes. It took us a while to figure this out, but eventually we realized that one is probably actually supposed to fall! The unexpected falling is perhaps part of the installation, contributing to an overall sense of drama and loss of balance. Throughout the space there are groups of objects and figures, symbolizing in one way or another passion, love and loss. The textures used here are beautiful and exquisite and so very typical I think especially of Nessuno’s work. Surrounding it all are several gentle lights positioned on thin wire-like posts. This installation will be open for another two months, make sure not to miss it.
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf