Light beings: G.T. Pellizzi’s constellations of light at The Watermill Center
Heading to the Hamptons is de rigueur for many New Yorkers. Every bit a destination in its own right, but helpfully on the way, is the experimental multidisciplinary arts space The Watermill Center. Founded by artist and visionary Robert Wilson, the institute is a laboratory for arts and humanities and supports young artists through a year-round residency programme, with additional activities in the summer, for education and of course, for open rehearsals.
This month, the space presents G.T. Pellizzi’s Constellation in Red, Yellow and Blue, a vivid installation of light sculptures that were created during his residency at Watermill. Created and sited specifically for the space, the works are inspired by invented cosmologies that take into account the many mythological, astrological and calendar symbols found in textiles at the centre’s own Watermill Collection – an accumulation of artefacts amassed by Wilson himself. With over 8,000 pieces to show for (Wilson began collecting during his teenage years), the highly personal and varied collection ranges from objects from the Stone Age to artefacts from Indonesian culture and works by contemporary artists such as Donald Judd and Richard Serra, and creations by designers like Shiro Kuramata, Giò Ponti and Carlo Bugatti.
Pellizzi, who lives and works between New York and Mexico, has installed his works in the centre’s Knee Building – a stoic brick structure with a floor covered in river rocks – which makes the light sculptures all the more captivating.