Anne Wilson’s To Cross(Walking New York), 2014 at the Drawing Center is a durational and site-specific performance that weaved five different colored threads around the main gallery’s four columns. Her piece shows the stripe patterns through repetitive movements in the weaving process. It consists of black, white, sky-blue and small hints of pink in the beginning section. After those colors, bright neon yellow occupies the whole body of section with a little empty space. Four participants carry a spool of thread and construct the warp threads in order by walking across a 12-foot distance by layering from the bottom toward the top.
The thread lines crossing at the center points create a one-sided continuous surface. The optical illusion of intersections of the plane seems to be a Mobius strip by showing endless lines. The never-ending 12-foot long surface with harmonious color schemes fascinates my eyes as I look into the structural beauty and curiosity.
Contrary to her previous walking series that used metallic bars or wooden bars, she chooses the physical structure of the gallery space as a loom in this show. In her methodological aspect to use architectural elements in the gallery, this work convinces me that her actions are a site-specific performance in New York. The accumulation of neon colored threads creates blurry outlines of viewers when they walk across the gallery’s space. It reminds me of the bustling activity of passengers on a busy street.