‘open universe’ by ricci albenda bent willow ribs image © designboom ricci albenda: open universe at art basel 2012

presented by andrew kreps gallery as part of art unlimited, was ‘open universe’ by brooklyn-born artist ricci albenda at art basel 2012. the project is a large-scale hanging sculpture representing a three-dimensional sketch which is centered around one location, so that when a viewer moves around the piece it appears to transform while remaining static. the illustrative element reveals an inverted architectural space, which follows an endless horizon line while referring to a single vanishing point, just like a traditional perspective drawing. the ‘lines’ of the drawing are made from thin bent willow ribs, with the mode of abstraction analogous to a fish-eye lens.

ricci albenda: open universe at art basel 2012 the sculpture transforms as you move around it image © designboom

ricci albenda: open universe at art basel 2012 image © designboom

ricci albenda: open universe at art basel 2012 the same sculpture from another angle image © designboom

ricci albenda: open universe at art basel 2012 the piece is made from bent willow ribs image © designboom

ricci albenda: open universe at art basel 2012 detail of joinery image © designboom

a video showing the metamorphic personality of the artworkvideo © designboom