Amid the half dozen local artists included in this years Wassaic project roster, artist Henry Klimowicz of Millerton NY with his installation at the peak of the seven story Maxon Mill created an inspiring experience for viewers out of the simplest material. Klimowicz uses torn, cut, and reassembled cardboard fragments to create floating walls, textured surfaces and ornate screens. One material, articulate, site specific and temporary echoed the Mill as a tactile experience.
Visitors, young and old, who climbed the stairs, entered with jaws falling open, into an interior unfamiliar environment. The all-encompassing use of cardboard allowed for a humorous and fanciful experience. Many preferred to linger on the cardboard bench and enjoy the diffused light.
A giant hanging circular screen in the middle of the room moved the viewers as an architectural, rather than ornamental element. Suspended like the spirit of the viewers, the sculpture worked as a painterly piece with rhythmic and morphing details such as spirals and orb like constructions.
This was not a sensation of being in a cardboard box… more like being in a beehive. Klimowicz has used cardboard as his primary medium since 1986. Klimowicz on his website, http://henryklimowicz.com, says, “The structures remind me of the insides of bee hives. The process of building my work is reminiscent of the work of insects, bees, ants, and termites.” The Wassaic installation took him six weeks and sixteen hours a day to create and after the weekend it will be dismantled.