Jeff Haase, associate professor in Department of Design, will have a sizeable new installation included in the exhibition Soft Geometries, a 20th-anniversary show at Hammond Harkins Galleries in the Short North. His 20-by-20-foot piece, Sew it Seams, is crafted from “a giant sheet of industrial-strength shrink wrap,” said Haase, who collaborated on the work with Andrea Myers, assistant professor of sculpture at Kent State University at Stark.
Multi-colored threads sewn into the material create a massive grid, punctured with holes that are cut and heated to change the structure of the shrink wrap. An 11-foot-tall metronome — crafted of a bicycle tire, a drill and a light — will create the illusion of movement in the piece, which will also be visible from High Street.
“People can walk in and around the huge piece, which changes as the light moves back and forth, creating halos of light and shadow,” Haase said. “It’s both a static and kinetic experience at once.”
Haase will give a gallery talk at Hammond Harkins Galleries on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. Six other artists are included in the exhibition, which opens Oct. 6 with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. It runs through Nov. 12. Admission is free and open to all.