New Inflatable Works

My Erupture

Erupture: My microscopic Life-cycle.

An inflatable installation for the Arvada Center’s Unbound.  

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The surreal landscape pulses with struggle:  my erupture is bursting, spilling, vomiting, and disintegrating.  Debris is scattered across the landscape: spilled from split and bursting forms, but the process and the purpose is unclear. 

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The forms are inspired by microscopic images of nature.  A variety of enlarged parasitic fungus and other plant life are present.  These fungus must harm other plants to survive, bursting open to release their spores.  This seemingly violent action is a necessary part of their life-cycle.

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The arrangement recalls dioramas from natural history museums, with large groupings of forms stretching along the edges of the gallery.

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Erupture: On the inside

The environment reveals an unexpected intimacy, exposing it’s interior through transparent portals.  This delicate space feels calmer, more comforting, yet disorienting.  This space reveals the artists’ hand, the delicate seams and air channels in view.  There is a shared vulnerability between the artist, the viewer and the landscape.

From the outside looking in.

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From the inside.

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All images from the installation Erupture: My microscopic Life-cycle, created for the Arvada Center’s show Unbound.

Burns Park Celebration

Burns Park

I made these cardboard sculptures as part of a one day sculpture celebration at Burns Park in Denver CO.

The inflatable bacteria snake in and out of the cardboard structure bursting through and tearing it down as it goes.

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“Burns Park fills the triangle of hillside defined by Colorado Boulevard to the west, Alameda Avenue to the south and Leetsdale Drive, which runs diagonally from northwest to southeast. The park is notable for being home to a suite of mostly minimalist sculptures, some of which have been on the site since 1968. This Saturday, August 9, there will be a festival at Burns Park called Experience 1968, which is free and open to the public. In addition to celebrating the existing pieces, the event features six artists –Trine Bumiller, Claudia Mastrobuono, Nicole Banowetz, Matt Scobey, Nikki Pike and Tara Rynders – -who will be creating temporary works, performances and music in honor of Burns Park and what’s happened there in the intervening years.”

Michael Paglia from the Westword article Five things you Didn’t know about Burns Park.

http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2014/08/five_things_you_didnt_know_about_denvers_burns_park.php

Some of the original work in Burns Park

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Each of the artists invited to Celebrate 1968 were provided with cardboard to create a temporary artwork in the park.

In 1968 the artists all created temporary work using plywood.

 

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Contagion

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Installation at the Museum of Outdoor Arts,

Englewood CO.

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Contagion is swelling, growing, filling, inflating, and spilling through the gallery.  The work literally expands with air- threatening to burst.  The forms are based on microscopic bacteria and viruses.   These forms are beautiful and complex yet menacing as they replicate and invade the gallery, trying to escape through the windows.  All at once they are playful and frightening, decorative and destructive, delicate and diseased.   The energy of the sculpture grows along the walls, struggling to escape but ending abruptly at the glass window, hitting it, and sliding to the ground.  This violent movement contrasts the stillness in the center of the gallery, where two forms sit quiet and separate from the rest.  These forms are infected.  Growths burst upward from the dead forms in a silent cycle of collapse and growth.

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Lace, Rhinos, and Sea Anemones (a residency at Elsewhere studios in Paonia CO)

Lace

(this is the first piece I made during my residency at Elsewhere)

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Rhinos

(These are the rhinos from the Houston zoo.  They are the inspiration for my second piece at Elsewhere)

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Sea Anemones

(This is a glass scientific model by Blaschka , titled Sea Anemones Fighting.  This is the other inspiration for my second piece at Elsewhere )

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Rhinos and Sea Anemones Fighting

(a work in progress)

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With the rhinos fighting among velvet.

(photograph by fellow Elsewhere resident Landon Newton)

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Myself with my beautiful fellow artists in residence (Carrie Naughton and Landon Newton) at Elsewhere studios.

(Photos by Landon Newton)

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Parasitic Fungus

Inspired by the Parasitic Fungus Cordyceps

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This inflatable was inspired by this illustration of a true bug with Cordyceps.Image

 

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Biennial of the Americas

As part of the Biennial of the Americas in Denver 2013.

Installed on the back side of the Mcnichols Building in Civic Center Park.

Inspired by electron microscope images of viruses and bacteria,

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Testing the lights on the ground.

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Testing the stomach bacteria on my roof.

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Original  drawing of the piece.

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Small Pox!

 

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Other viruses

 

 

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Closing reception at Ironton

HORSES: An Installation

Friday September 7 2012

7PM -10 PM

Ironton

3636 Chesnut Place

with live music by Maudlin Magpie and Jamie Mitchell

www.reverbnation.com/jasonhorodyski

www,nicolebanowetz.com

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Ironton is proud to be hosting Nicole Banowetz for her first solo show in Denver. This is the inaugural exhibit of Ironton’s sponsored ‘Introductions’ series for artists under 30.

The gallery will be transformed into a stable of sewn horses, inflating and deflating against the weight of bridles and ties. These binding features will pinch, pucker and deform the struggling horse forms. Through this work the artist discusses vulnerability and the challenges faced in overcoming it.

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Horses in progress

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Nicole Banowetz art horse inflatable drawing

 

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Nicole Banowetz inflatable horse sculpture