art ltd, Michael Theodore

Artist Profile
Michael Paglia
September/October, 2013

“….For endo/exo, Theodore began with the space itself, which he studied down to the pattern of its rafters and the ventilation equipment. Theodore then constructed the resulting monumental piece–28 feet long, 12 feet tall–along one wall of the gallery. The exterior has an industrial feel, made up of an architectonic grid of dark-colored metal strips, accented by mechanized rods arranged in a regular rhythm that move in response to the viewer’s presence. The open grid allows viewers to clearly see the interior, which is soft and expressive, filled with draped and knotted ropes–”I wanted to do something by hand,” notes Theodore. These ropes are bathed in light in different colors at different times. There is an obvious theatricality to endo/exo, reflecting Theodore’s experiences in performing music. “It’s very theatrical, with the lights coming up, and though I didn’t intend it consciously, I can certainly see the proscenium aspects of it,” Theodore says. Interestingly, in light of Theodore’s music interests, endo/exo does not have a composed sound track, but instead its sounds are made by its moving elements which speed up or slow down depending on whether someone is in front of them or not.

Although Theodore has only been on the state’s art radar for a little over a year, his work, in particular his ambitious installations, have made just about everyone sit up and listen–or, in this case, look.”