3100 Research Boulevard – Kettering, Ohio
July 16, 2018 – December 31, 2022
Rachel Mica Weiss’s playful swaths of translucent and colorful fabric form graceful arcs and dips in the light-filled atriums of 3100 Research Boulevard. The curved and lilting forms overlap and cross over one another in engaging interactions that shift and change as visitors travel through the building. Referencing the arched glass skylights above them and interrupting the building’s rectilinear architecture, Weiss’s Suspended Arches speak to their surroundings while embodying a sense of playfulness and whimsy, with their monumental scale and bold bright color. Incorporating the light streaming in from above, and the many reflective surfaces that surround the installation, Weiss’s installation activates the entire atrium: shadows, colors, and light change with the sunlight throughout the day—depending on the light, the work casts different shadows or reflects color onto the surrounding glass surfaces. Weiss’s work builds on the artist’s practice of using site-responsive materials and forms to activate architectural spaces and draw attention to their unnoticed details. Suspended Arches responds to and expands the architecture flying above, while both engaging and enveloping the space.
Rachel Mica Weiss (b. 1986) is a sculptor and installation artist. Weiss holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, Weiss has been commissioned to create permanent, largescale installations for AirBnb, Seattle; 1 Hotel in Brooklyn, NY; the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, through the State Department’s Art in Embassies Program; and the lobby of MediaMath’s 4 World Trade Center office.
Suspended Arches is curated by Jennie Lamensdorf and sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.