Ann Reichlin S C U L P T U R E S PAC E F E L LO W 1 9 9 8 POST-RESIDENCY PROJECTS 2001–PRESENT
Ann Reichlin is a mid-career artist who explores the structure and space of houses and rooms as a metaphor for fragility, transience and memory. This subject resonates in Utica, where a shrinking population leaves behind the negative space of abandoned buildings. SYLVIA DE SWAAN
She created Translucent Home on the foundation of a demolished house, mimicking its size and volume. Reichlin’s third intervention on the same site, the translucent mass of the center interacts with light. Translucent Home at times seems solid, at other times fragmented, sometimes dense, sometimes hollow. The work embodies the idea of transformation and continuance. Near Translucent Home, students and community volunteers helped Reichlin plant 500 bulbs in a trench to create A House Remembered. Invisible most of the year, in the spring bright yellow daffodils blossom and gently outline the footprint where a small house once stood, acknowledging those who lived there. Both site-specific interventions enhance, inform and enrich the cityscape of West Utica.
Ann Reichlin lives in Ithaca, NY and has taught at Hamilton College and Brandeis University. She earned a BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Twice a Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Reichlin has been awarded numerous residencies, including Cimelice Castle Exchange in the Czech Republic and the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. She has participated in group shows, including at the University of Iceland, Rose Art Museum, Sculpture Center and the Qualitectonica Foundation in The Netherlands. Her work has been in Stone Canoe, NYFA Current, Sculpture Space (the book) and Sculpture magazine. She currently serves on the Artist Advisory Committee of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The Museum of Art at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica will feature Reichlin’s work in a one-person exhibition in September 2010.
“Sculpture Space was outstanding, providing time, specialized equipment and, perhaps most important, interaction with other artists whose friendship and honest feedback have helped my work to grow. As an artist in Upstate New York, I greatly appreciate the wonderful community of artists and people interested in the arts that Sculpture Space generates and nurtures. Sculpture Space, through support of my projects, is an essential part of my experience as an artist.”
A catalogue of the Islip Art Museum exhibition.