Christopher Janney knows few limits in his work beyond the speed of light and our ability to hear sound. He defies the idea of dimension, though in almost every case, his interventions help shape, or at least define, the space they inhabit—not really a contradiction in terms. Whether Janney physically transforms a space or not, he almost always alters our perception of a place, suffusing it with color, light, sound, and music. For almost four decades now, he has been exploring the seemingly improbable interface of various disciplines within the arts, leaving strict boundaries to others. “I’m interested in making architecture more like music and in making music more like architecture,” he says.
Whistle Grove: The National Steamboat
Monument, 2002. Interactive steam,
sound, light, and stainless steel, 30
x 30 x 50 ft.