“Painting Air” by Spencer Finch
I recently saw an installation at the RISD Museum of Art entitled “Painting Air” by Spencer Finch and was mesmerized.
Finch was inspired by his visit to the water gardens created by Claude Monet at his home and studio in Giverny, France. Finch was struck by how the water was always in flux as a result of shifting air currents and conditions of light.
Walking along the perimeter of the room, visitors can see through the dozens of suspended glass panels to the overlapping squares of colors, inspired by the color palette of Monet, painted on the walls along the perimeter of the installation beyond the glass. The air currents created by your movement through the exhibit gently rotate the glass panels causing them to sometimes reflect the colors throughout the room. The effect is both ethereal and sublime. Wow!