The University of Alabama at Birmingham has commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder to cover two buildings on its campus — the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center — with giant ribbons of fabric for a one-week-long installation. Titled “Magic Chromacity,” the work will be on view from August 29 through September 5.
Created using recycled and donated materials and hundreds of hours of volunteer work, the piece is composed of more than 10,000 square feet of fabric. Browder herself put 250 hours of work into sewing the giant rainbow swathes.
“I use forms that are similar to the images in a comic book: reduced, simplified, and reconfigured to be idealized and sensational,” Browder said in a statement. “I appreciate the transformative nature of materials, and how the combination of familiar objects can create abstract relationships. These relationships generate open-ended narratives, and ambiguous situations that are defined by the choice of materials. Central to the psychedelic experience, I use bright colors and familiar materials to recreate this subtle change in perception.”
— Ashton Cooper (@ashton_cooper)
(Photo: Amanda Browder installation mock-up)