New Inflatable Works

Tag: soft sculpture

Gentle Infestation (Łagodna Inwazja)

Gentle Infestaion.

Łagodna Inwazja

An inflatable and porcelain installation presented in the Center for Artistic Activities in Ustka Poland, as part of Nicole’s art residency with the Baltic Art Gallery.


In Nicole Banowetz’s installation for the Center for Creative Activities in Ustka Nicole presents forms based on microscopic sea creatures, radiolaria. In a large inflated scale these forms feel surreal, almost alien and even frightening.  They are alive, and pulsing with air.  On the night of the opening they feel strong, showing only hints of their weakness.  Slowly the large robust forms are infested with delicate porcelain pieces.



These fragile, beautiful and slightly disgusting forms begin inhabiting and weakening the forms in the days following the opening.



The artist will be present daily in the gallery the week following the opening building up the parasitic porcelain installation within and around the inflatable work.   She welcomes visitors to come and watch the process.










Heavy Petting Gallery at the Kreuzberg Pavilion

Heavy Petting Gallery:


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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.


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

Naunynstrasse 53
10999 Berlin

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