ONE RIVET: Raise Michelle Lopez's Blue Angel II 
Art Public Project, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013


Michelle Lopez's Art Public Project

at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

The final 3 days to support artist Michelle Lopez and her forthcoming project for the Art Public section of Art Basel Miami Beach, in collaboration with The Bass Museum of Art—Blue Angel II—are here. 

Support + create... ONE RIVET at a time. This December, Michelle Lopez will erect Blue Angel II—a 40-foot mirrored aluminum sculpture to lean in front of The Bass Museum of Art in Miami for the Art Public sector of Art Basel Miami Beach. Titled Blue Angel II, Lopez is executing a 40-foot version of her Blue Angel series to lean on the front façade of the Bass Museum of Art. It will consist of industrial sheets of mirrored aluminum and powder-coated steel with an industrial feel and will be joined together by rivets into one long sheet—the size of an airplane wing. On-site, she will fold and crumple the piece and install it on the front façade to make it appear as if this shimmering mirrored collection of metal has crashed onto the site.  

Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund and curator of Art Basel’s Public sector in Miami Beach, selected Lopez to participate in this year’s exhibition, and states: "Michelle’s work engages a certain tradition of minimalism. But it also brings it to a very personal perspective. Her work expresses both a formal elegance, but there is a violence to it as well, but that violence where she is manipulating and pulling and pushing the material itself ultimately leads to a very poetic—a very beautiful play of the machine made and the hand touched."

Referencing crashed airplane fuselage in sheer scale and material, Blue Angel II is an allegorical memorial for our post 9/11 collective memory. The mirrored surface of the exterior implicates both the viewer and site through its reflective distortions. Lopez creates allegorical inversions of familiar cultural icons in order to circumscribe truths about our current societal landscape. She makes sculptures and installations that corrupt cultural icons and translate them into new forms. Lopez has translated her own 9/11 experience into the sculpture series Blue Angels—folded, crushed, mirrored aluminum pieces that stand 10 feet tall, with broad bands of primary paint, evocative of commercial airlines. The artist wrestles with each sheet of aluminum on the ground, creating a form that is simultaneously a sculpture, a performance, and a collapsed figure.

As part of the ONE RIVET campaign, contributors can receive one of Lopez's hugely popular Sterling Silver Band-Aid Rings or Gold Band-Aid Ring in rose gold—with white diamonds inlaid into the pattern. The artist's Band-Aid Rings are hand-formed by the artist and fit on one's finger just like the real thing. As with much of Lopez’s work, these rings re-contextualize the subject to debunk its common use and create a new entity. Like a thimble, Band-Aid Rings guard their user against injury and are a witty comment for the accident-prone user. The Band-Aid Ring has been in Helmut Lang, the New Museum Art Store, the Guggenheim, and others. See more at

Support the campaign and help install the public work, Blue Angel II, that will serve as a memorial and a larger-than-life figure of all our collective experiences. Help bring the ONE RIVET project to life and DONATE NOW before Sunday, November 24, at 12pm Eastern Time.

Watch the interview with the Michelle Lopez and learn more about Blue Angel II and support the ONE RIVET campaign.


Michelle Lopez has had solo exhibitions with Simon Preston Gallery, LA><Art, Feature, Deitch Projects, Fondazione Trussardi (Milan) and Galerie Christophe Gaillard (Paris). Upcoming exhibitions of her work include Art Public, Miami Basel 2013, curated by Nicholas Baume and Michelle Lopez: Angels, Flags, Bangs at The Aldrich Museum of Art, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart. Some of her notable group exhibitions include PS 1 (Greater New York, 2000), Public Art Fund Metrotech, OCMA California Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum. Lopez's work has been reviewed in Artforum, New York Times, Art in America, Frieze, and Newsweek, among other publications. She is the recipient of a NYFA fellowship grant in the category of sculpture (2011), UC Berkeley research grants, and a NYFA fiscal sponsorship. Before receiving her MFA from SVA in 1994, Michelle earned a BA cum laude degree in literature and art history from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1992. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Yale University, School of Art in the sculpture department.

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IMAGES - top to bottom: Proposed installation of Blue Angel II at The Bass Museum of Art for Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013; Lopez's source material and drawing of Blue Angel II; Lopez's Band-Aid rings; Vertical Neck at Simon Preston Gallery, 2011; Michelle Lopez at The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida.

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