Jazz Leeb’s circular ribbon-rope sculptures cap the openings to stove-pipes on all three floors of the museum. Streams of ribbon-rope extend from the mouths of the sculptures and playfully articulate a structuring condition in each room as they loop in and out of fissures in the interior façade of the building. While the rope cord on the first floor reinforces the geometrical forms of the textile installation that covers a wall there, the one in the second floor glass forest installation- a space filled with mirrors- shoots across the room like a shard of angling light. In the 3rd floor Whisper room, the rope is matched to the droop and buckle of the disintegrating wall paper there. As a site-specific intervention, Synartesis promotes attention to the numerous small breaks in the surface of the building and the void spaces that lie behind the museum walls. It also links disparate installation spaces and creates connection between the floors and literally through the walls of the museum.
To create Synartesis, Leeb invited the public to join him in making the rope. Ribbons from the collection were used, and the winding of the rope mirrors Sylvia Gray’s activity of winding the ribbon into neat circular bundles for sale. Also part of this project, Leeb repaired several of the building’s ceramic stove-pipes and provided a much needed cover for one of the stove-pipe openings on the roof.
Roof Top Survival Kit:
Jazz Leeb’s Elsewhere Roof Top Survival Kit is a portable home for solitary survival on the outskirts of Elsewhere. It speaks to the allure of refining the load of things one carries through life down to core components and the freedom of mobility and solitude associated with romantic notions of the nomadic condition. For the kit’s first foray into the outside world, Leeb set up camp on Elsewhere’s roof for a night, photographing his pack to emphasize its snail shell like qualities. The crisp white surface of the roof, which forms the background of the photographs, link the setting both to a cultural fantasy of escaping to unmarked territories and to the blankness of traditional gallery spaces where sculptural objects appear to stand in sharp relief against the negative space of their surroundings.
Elsewhere Project: goelsewhere.org/synartesis-elsewheres-roof-top-survival-kit/