The traditional web design is being transformed to create amazing works of art. Artists such as Janet Echelman, Megan Geckler, and Marie-Josée Laframboise take string, netting, tape and various other materials to create their site specific installations that not only transform a room or city, but how we view these materials.
For Echelman, the beginning of her work started in India, when she used fishing net to create a last minute sculpture for her exhibition. The work was a success, and it led her to use lighter materials to create large-scale works in city centers, such as Sydney and Amsterdam. One of her works, 1.26 (2010-ongoing), was created originally in Denver, Colorado, and uses data taken from the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Chile, to ‘sculpt’ her piece in order to look like the wave pattern. It is a mesmerizing display of colour and form.
The work of Megan Geckler, on the other hand, does not move as fluidly as Echelman’s, nor is it as large, but Rewritten by machine on new technology (2012-2013) is still large-scale enough to engulf the viewer into a vortex of colour. Like Echelman, Geckler’s site-specific pieces work with the rooms that they are put in, playing with the architecture.
With Marie-Josée Laframboise, her work seems to be a mixture between the rigid geometry of Geckler’s works and the natural fluidity of Echelman’s works. Her webs are site specific, but there is little rigidity. Instead her work evokes the idea of a wave, engulfing the viewer, or even a web. It is not ominous, but enchanting.
These web-works demonstrate a fresh new take on what we can do with malleable materials, and the results, are truly spectacular.