New Inflatable Works

Heavy Petting Gallery at the Kreuzberg Pavilion

Heavy Petting Gallery:

 Embrace

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The sculpture surrenders to the viewers embrace allowing them to sink slightly into the form.  All at once the sculpture collapses and supports like an inviting yet unsettling pillow.

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Up to now art history can only scarcely read the influence of touched artistic work. Traditionally the visitors of an exhibition are obliged to restrain themselves respectfully from the artworks in order to recognize themselves, in a diligent visually refined way, as a plain observer of the art. On one hand as spectator one may be touched by the impression of a picture, on the other hand the artwork must be conserved and shielded from any possible touch. The spaces administering this state are bourgeois. Art you can touch is being declared a museum-pedagogical work for those who are still to be taught the right way of seeing.

The Heavy Petting Gallery instead is a place where the direct physical contact with the artistic work not only takes place but shall be actively encouraged.

Thereby the Heavy Petting Gallery is acting neither didactic nor charitable. It does not declare the negligence of visibility a distress that shall be relieved but, as a project space, campaigns for new forms of artistic work and their emancipation.

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 Text and images courtesy of the Kreuzberg Pavilion and Heavy Petting Gallery.

Embrace exhibited at the Kreuzberg Pavilion

HEAVY PETTING GALLERY
Naunynstrasse 53
10999 Berlin

www.kreuzbergpavillon.de

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GlogauAIR Open Studios: Radiolaria

GlogauAIR Resident Artists June 26-27,2015.

Open Studios

On display in Berlin, Germany.

View the catalog here.

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Open Studio presentation of Radiolaria sculptures.

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Scanning Electron Micrograph of various Radiolarians. Radiolarians are amoeboid protozoa that produce intricate mineral skeletons

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Radiolarians Plate 71

Haeckel – Challenger Radiolarian

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My inflatable in progress in the studio.

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In the studio before the opening.

Cluster: a showcase in Berlin

Cluster

An inflatable installation

created for the showcase at Glogauair, Berlin

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Inspired by the ice surrounding Kotlin Island in Russia.

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«КОРАБЛЬ: ВНУТРЕННИЙ ПРОСТОР»

Vessel:   A work in progress presented in Kronstadt, Russia.

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Inside Vessel.

  When I looked at images of Kronstadt I imagined a form; half ship, and half sea creature.  This form exists somewhere between machine and animal.  The deflated white ghost like skin of this form sits nestled among the ruins of the forts and shipyards, inviting the viewer to enter.  I want the viewer to enter into the skin of the form, physically stepping into the creature.  While inside the creature the outside world disappears and the viewer is enveloped in white.  This void separates them from the landscape and the history of the island.  The space is complexly disorienting, calm, and absent.   The viewer is filled with the awe of such a disorienting space.

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Abandoned military fort on Kotlin Island.

«Я шью воздушные скульптуры. Их формы навеяны жизнью животных и растений. Когда  рассматривала  изображения Кронштадта, я представляла себе скульптурную форму, напоминающую одновременно и корабль, и  морское существо. Эта форма существует где-то на грани машины и животного. Спущенный белый призрак, словно  кожа этой  формы, сидит в руинах форта или верфей, приглашая зрителя войти внутрь этой скульптуры. Там, внутри, все окутано в белый цвет, внешний мир исчезает. Эта пустота полностью отделяет зрителя от ландшафта. Человек перестает ориентироваться в пространстве, вокруг царит только тишина».


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Inside Vessel.

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Kronstadt.

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Kotlin Island

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Vessel, presented to the city of Kronstadt in a public event after the completion of my one month artist in residency.

This project was made possible by the artist in residency program awarded by the

NCCA The National Centre for Contemporary Arts.

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Being More than One.

An inflatable installation at the Zentrale

in the Institut für Alles Mögliche

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Institut für Alles Mögliche (Or the institute for anything… or fungus, stomach linings, and abandoned places… a work in progress in Berlin)

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Drippy Tree

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Drippy tree created for Luminous Garden and Hanzon Studios.

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Giant Rotten Flower

luminous garden, nicole banowetz, rotten flower, alien flower,  inflatable, inflatables, sculpture, houston zoo

 

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Shy Fern

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Christmas-Tree-Worm

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Parnassia Palustris growing on form.

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Shadows from the inside.

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All Luminous Garden inflatables created for Hanzon Studios.

Rhinos and Sea Anemones Fighting

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Sewn and inflated oxford fabric with slip cast porcelain rhino horn and anemone pieces.

Installed at Pirate Gallery, Denver CO.

Created in part in Paonia CO at Elsewhere Studios.

Erupture: Microscopic inspiration

This Powdery Mildew inspired the whole series.

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This Paracitic fungus releases it’s spores by bursting open.

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My powdery mildew

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Apple Scab

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Both powdery mildew and apple scabs are cleistothecia which are closed, globose ascocarps.

Their ascospores are released only by their rupture or decay.

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My Apple scabs

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Syncephalastrum


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My interpretations

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Staghorn Fern by Ernst Haeckel

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My Staghorn Fern

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