Janet Echelman’s 1.8 Renwick

April 3, 2020 – August 15, 2021

Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
A close up of Echelman's installation for WONDER at the Renwick Gallery.

Janet Echelman, 1.8 Renwick2015, knotted and braided fiber with programmable lighting and wind movement above printed textile flooring, Smithsonian American Art Museum, photo by Ron Blunt

What drew me to want to be an artist was, I have always been interested in how the space I'm in changes the way I feel and therefore who I am at any given moment.
—Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman’s colorful fiber and lighting installation examines the complex interconnections between human beings and our physical world, and reveals the artist's fascination with the measurement of time. The volumetric form suspended from the ceiling of the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon is inspired by the data recorded March 11, 2011, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that rippled across the Pacific Ocean toward Japan. The geologic event was so powerful it shifted the earth on its axis and shortened the day by 1.8 millionths of a second, lending this work its title. Echelman's knotted meditation contrasts the forces we can understand and control with those we cannot, and the concerns of our daily existence with larger cycles of time. Dynamically-changing lighting casts projected shadow drawings in vivid colors that move from wall to wall, enticing viewers to lie down on the carpet and contemplate the work.

On the Blog

Eye Level, November 13, 2015, "Renwick Gallery: The United States of WONDER"
Eye Level, March 23, 2017, "The Renwick Gallery and the Space in Between"

Credit

Museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum.