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March 12, 2012 / Meagan Gehrke

Spatial Relationship against Room 218

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This installation consists of hundreds of white chalk circles hand painted on the floor at the Cleveland Institute of Art (Room 218). Here I am questioning the relationship of the human body, mine in particular, against the dimensions of this room. Each circle is drawn using my body’s dimensions as a tool for arranging the circles. I started at one corner of the room, drew a circle around me with my arm extended, the moved in a spiraling motion around the room until there was no space left in the center. The angle of the rooms’ walls and various pillars abstracted and skewed the arrangement.

It was interesting watching groups of viewers interact with the installation. While walking, they avoided the white lines as much as possible. While stationary, they each assigned themselves a personal circle.

Title: Spatial Relationship against Room 218
Material: Chalk & water, painted
Date: 2011

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