New Inflatable Works

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Becoming More than One

an extension of the works Being More than One and Gentle Infestation.

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Displayed in the summer of 2016 as part of AWOL Art without Limits, a program of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA).

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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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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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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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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.