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New Canaan art installation to ensnare Da Monsta

Updated 3:52 pm, Friday, May 3, 2013

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  • Philip Johnson's building Da Monsta (1995) is reinterpreted in an exhibition by New York-based artist E.V. Day, entitled SNAP!, on the Glass House campus in New Canaan, Conn., April 25, 2013. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard / New Canaan News Freelance
    Philip Johnson's building Da Monsta (1995) is reinterpreted in an exhibition by New York-based artist E.V. Day, entitled SNAP!, on the Glass House campus in New Canaan, Conn., April 25, 2013. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard

 

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Red spider webs will cover the iconic "Da Monsta" building, Phillip Johnson's 990-square-foot curvilinear structure, for the next six months.

The installation, titled "SNAP!," is by artist E.V. Day, whose work is in the permanent collections of both the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum, as well as several others.

On Tuesday afternoon, Day and the Glass House crew were installing the inside part of the project, a gallery space with colored string or yarn stretched from ceiling to floor and floor to wall, and, well, all over the place. The team had just included a loop of audio of Day's cat, purring. The sound waves reverberated off the curved walls of the room and could be felt in one's toes from the floor.

"Whatever you just did, that sounds good," Day said to one of the men working on the project. He responded that he'd increased the volume of the sound.

Day was able to take some time off from the installation and explain the idea behind it.

"The spider webs come from my interest in fishnet stockings. From the fishnet, there was a webbing that takes me to spider web as a natural form," she said. "I liked that the building is called `Da Monsta,' which sort of creates a narrative, and my response was to take that narrative as another creature that came to tackle it, so it implies, `Where's that spider?'"

Day has been a professional artist for more than 10 years. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.

"I'm thrilled. I'm excited to hang out all summer with `Da Monsta,'" she said, looking at the building and leaning against a nearby stone retaining wall.

"What's really fun is that at different times of day, the shadows are different. At 3 o'clock, the shadows of the web will be dark and hit the building, and you get another kind of dimensional effect."

Tickets start at $30, including a tour of the site. For information or tickets, visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org or call 203-594-9884.

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