Maya Lin, Blue Lake Pass, 2006. Duraflake particleboard installation, dimensions variable 5′ 11″ x 22′ 5″ x 17′ 6″ (180.3 x 683.3 x 533.4 cm), Overall. Installed from 30 x 36 x 36-1/2″ (76.2 x 91.4 x 92.7 cm)to 71 x 36 x 36-1/2″ (180.3 x 91.4 x 92.7 cm), 20 blocks, each. Photograph by G.R. Christmas. © Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery

 

Maya Lin, Blue Lake Pass, 2006 (detail). Duraflake particleboard installation, dimensions variable 5′ 11″ x 22′ 5″ x 17′ 6″ (180.3 x 683.3 x 533.4 cm), Overall. Installed from 30 x 36 x 36-1/2″ (76.2 x 91.4 x 92.7 cm)to 71 x 36 x 36-1/2″ (180.3 x 91.4 x 92.7 cm), 20 blocks, each. Photograph by G.R. Christmas. © Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery

 

Maya Lin, Silver Niagara, 2012-2013. Recycled silver, 48-1/8″ x 75″ x 1/2″ (122.2 cm x 190.5 cm x 1.3 cm). Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate. © Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery

 

Maya Lin, The Deglaciation of the Laurentide, 2018. Paperboard, encaustic, aluminum 55-1/4× 71× 1″ (140.3 × 180.3 × 2.5 cm). Photograph by Kris Graves. © Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery

 

Maya Lin, Flow, 2009. FSC certified spruce, pine, and fir 2 x 4s, 2’ x 35’ x 11’. Photography courtesy Pace Gallery. © Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery

Maya Lin: Flow

May 18, 2019 – September 8, 2019

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GRAM is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent large-scale sculpture by renowned artist and designer Maya Lin (b. 1959). Organized by GRAM in collaboration with Lin’s studio, the exhibition features sculpture that demonstrates Lin’s fascination with the natural environment, specifically water, as subject. Created in recycled silver, steel pins, and common building materials, Lin conceives these sculptures with the use of charting, mapping, and scientific research to determine each work’s ultimate design, layout, and structure.

Lin has created two new sculptures for the exhibition that focus directly on West Michigan. Pin River – Grand River Watershed  (2019) is an installation made of steel pins imbedded directly into the wall that forms a sparkling fifteen-foot-long outline of the Grand River Watershed. At 260 miles in length, the Grand River is Michigan’s longest waterway and has been critical to the history and economy of Grand Rapids.  The Traces Left Behind (From the Great Bear Lake to the Great Lakes)  (2019) is a shimmering wall relief cast from recycled silver. In creating the work, Lin charted the span of contemporary bodies of water from the Arctic to the Great Lakes that were formed by the melting of the Laurentide Ice Shelf, which once covered much of the North American continent. Through scope, scale, and the seeming use of abstraction, Lin expands our awareness of the Great Lakes and their connection to other bodies of water and to the geological forces that created them.

With Flow, Lin a committed environmentalist, focuses attention on the crucial role of water, both to our region, and to global survival. The exhibition also creates connection and dialogue with Ecliptic, the public park in Rosa Parks Circle created by Lin that marks its 20th anniversary next year. Water – specifically the nearby Grand River – also directly inspired Ecliptic. Within the park, Lin featured water in three different forms —liquid, solid, and vapor—through the park’s ice rink and amphitheater, mist fountain, and table of flowing water. “I’ve always been fixated on water,” says Lin. “Maybe it’s because it exists in multiple states, and you can never understand it in nature as a fixed moment in time.”

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by:

Herman Miller Cares
Frey Foundation
Eehoorn LLC
Wege Foundation
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts
Wolverine Worldwide
Applause Catering + Events
Greenleaf Trust
James and Mary Nelson
BISSELL Inc.
Lizbeth Sorensen O’Shaughnessy
Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik
The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation
Progressive AE
Diana Wege
Dirk and June Hoffius
Lizbeth Sorensen O’Shaughnessy
Greg and Meg Willit
brightly
Conduit Studio
Robert Daverman, AIA / Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Herbert G. Daverman Endowment Fund
Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC
Jeff Gurney and Xuesi Li Gurney
Haworth, Inc.
J. Visser Design
Kathryn Chaplow Interior Design
Ritsu Katsumata and Stafford Smith
The Keeler Foundation AKA Miner S & Mary Ann Keeler Fund
Jane and John Meilner
Barbara and Jim O’Connor
Martin and Enid Packard
Kathleen Stewart Ponitz
Reagan Marketing + Design, LLC
Milt and Barbara Rohwer
Bill Scarbrough and Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Triangle Associates, Inc.

Additional Support Provided by GRAM Exhibition Society and the Friends of Maya Lin Group

Janet Gatherer Boyles & John Boyles
John Hunting
Stephanie Naito
Creamer Consulting
Twink Frey
Bluma and Don Herman
Don and Ann Kelley
Wallson and Rebecca Knack
Norm and Marilyn Leven
Margaret and Bob Nault
Jim and Marie Preston
Ellie E. Sarafis
Barbara Timmer and Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Jane Timmer

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