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Charles Mary Kubricht

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Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation", New York, NY, Installation, 2011<br/> Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation", New York, NY, Installation, 2011
  1. Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation", New York, NY, Installation, 2011
"Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation" (New York, NY, Installation, 2011, three storage containers, two are 8’ 6” h x 19’10” w x 7’ 11.5”d, one is 8’6” h x 10’7”w x 7’111/2”d) is a public art installation for the HIGH LINE in New York. Anti-range finding maritime camouflage techniques used by the military between 1914-1945 (“dazzle” painting) informed this artwork. The concept of “dazzle” was coined by A. H. Thayer, in the book, Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom (1909), where he referred to disruptive or high-difference patterns in nature as “razzle dazzle”. Emulating systems of animal camouflage that break up the biomorphic body and make it indistinguishable from its environment, the military applied this strategy of concealment to ships. Because of the oblique angles and complex geometric shapes, it was difficult for the enemy looking through a periscope to determine the front of the maritime vessel, its speed and direction. In Alive-nesses, which is similarly situated on the waterfront, I painted the patterns over the surface of large storage containers. The visual effect disorients the viewer by reorganizing the form of the containers. The patterns on the containers formalize the geometric features of the surrounding buildings and construction. This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts.


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