Whitney Building Exhibit: Michael Barletta, Water Piece

Whitney Applied Technology Center 
October 1, 2012 - August 1, 2013
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

“Water Piece” is a site-specific, hand-cut vinyl installation applied to the windows of the Whitney Applied Technology Building, by artist Michael Barletta. The piece was installed live from October 1 – October 12, 2012.

Exhibition Statement

Buildings serve many purposes. They are workspaces, public venues for entertainment, shelter and storage. They give a sense of importance and they have the ability to elevate or demean the senses of the people that use them. They interact with us whether we are inside of them or outside. They provide a sense of scale and speak almost endlessly about how their creators saw the importance of the individuals that will be in their presence. They are active participants in our lives and environment and they will outlive most of the people that oversaw their creation.

They can also change. Buildings can be decorated with expressive and creative elements to make them lively or to simply provide a contrast in areas. A burst of color in a sparse corridor or a sculpture in a lobby can make a statement about what is important to the tenants and public that frequents the space.

This installation is meant to mimic the movement both inside and outside of the building and give a sense of floating past the floor to ceiling windows. The constant traffic of a college campus is an active enough and this project serves to appreciate that energy with a gracious balance of color and shape spanning the walkways. The color scheme is comprised of three blue tones to give a sense of dimension while a third silver crest occasionally rides the tops of shapes to finalize the waves that form the basis of the design. The first and third floor window spans are being occupied by the material while the second floor is being left as open space.

About Michael Barletta

Michael began painting large canvases around 1995 and in 1998 founded his first public gallery/studio project, MetaPhorestry. He later cofounded a not-for-profit arts organization in Syracuse, NY, in which he served as artistic director from 2000 to 2005.

Since then, Michael has continued to develop his abilities as an artist, photographer and designer. His talent for designing and facilitating creative contemporary spaces has greatly influenced his move into site-specific installation. Recent projects include live paintings at the Everson Museum’s 2009 Biennial, 5 large drawing at New York University’s Kimmel building, A Citi Corp building exhibition and live painting event and Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery. A new piece will also be featured at Syracuse University’s XL Projects Gallery for The Everson’s TONY 2012 exhibition.

Michael’s strength is creating relatable, energetic images in vibrant color through a variety of mediums. Michael is currently co-owner of Daylight Blue Media Group based in Syracuse, New York.