Tomás Saraceno: Following the Airborne Lives of Spiders


By running three of the four public spaces, or about 28,000 square feet, Shed is a multitasking Thomas Saraseno (a visionary Argentine artist who ranks among the world’s greatest spider whispers. I did my best for (a celebrity in environmental protection). And Saraceno seemed to regain his favor, enlivening a nifty survey of his work in a makeshift gallery and two exciting installations elsewhere in the building. The overall title is “Thomas Saraseno: A Specific Problem”.

The most ambitious of these is the Hut Commission, which can literally make you feel weak in your knees. “Free the Air: How to Listening to the Universe on the Spider / Web” is essentially the Piesederesistence of the entire business. More later.

The small installation “Museo Aero Solar” in the third largest space is centered around a giant sphere that resembles a tent and is actually a grounded balloon made of a plastic shopping bag. It looks fantastic like a colorful and translucent crazy. Quilts and visitors can enter and walk around. This is one of the projects of the Aerocene Foundation, a crowdsourced global group led by Saraseno, working on the development of fuel-free flights that are driven solely by the movement of the wind and sun.

The exhibits and installations come together to form something like a complete Saraceno. Some collaborations. It is part of the out-of-body experience, and different types of beauty are passed through throughout. “Particular Matter (s)” has been tagged as the largest presentation of an artist’s work in the United States. The whole was organized by Shed’s curator Emma Enderby and its assistant curators Alessandra Gomez and Adeze Wilford. Shed’s exhibit is conveniently complemented by Saraceno’s show at the Tanya Bonakdal Gallery in Chelsea, his longtime representative.

Saraceno is not as artist as a mission scholar, and his efforts often look more like science than art. The various exhibits in the hut, to varying degrees, reflect his work as an Arachnophia, artist, architect, activist, teacher, musician, environmentalist, and social justice warrior for clean air. increase. His comprehensive goal may be summarized simply as making humans live properly. This means making them understand that they are not at the top of the pyramid of power in the so-called Anthropocene era, but on the horizontal plane with all non-humans. learning. And they exist in what Saraseno prefers to call the Aerosen era, which requires interspecific cooperation and clean air.

That said, one with a keen sense of the environment in Saraceno may be wondering how his work can be shown in the hut. The building, or at least its exterior, can be the best part of a civil catastrophe and will failure. The Hudson Yards is probably the worst of the many recent self-harm architectural scars in the city.

Saraceno’s quest was inspired by the ingenious foundations of spiders and their aerial lifestyle — a multifunctional web that provides shelter, protection, food, and a means of communication when vibrating. The spider web also served as a model for levitation of the sculpture. Composed of a translucent web and orbs, these have become Saraceno’s most famous works. Among them, “Free the Air” is the latest example.

The exhibition part of “Tomas Saraceno Particular Matter (s)” begins with a quiet scene of collaboration with a spider. In the dark gallery, seven plexiglass boxes each hold several different connected webs, all glowing white. Each web is built by different types of spiders on a sturdy wireframe in Saraseno’s studio, where he monitors progress, switches between one species, and introduces another species that seems appropriate. increase. These pale, ghostly crystal structures, especially in the dark, help you understand how much we already owe to spiders, as spider webs set early humans a precedent for architecture and textiles. increase.

In the eyes of amateurs, the various species of web here are generally divided into grids, often fan-like spreads, pillow-shaped canopies, and crazy strands that resemble pick-up sticks suspended in the air. It becomes a lump. The combination is stunning, reminiscent of contemporary architecture, reminiscent of brushstrokes and music due to the rapid changes in patterns and rhythms. Information about the spiders that worked in each glass case (what kind of member and how long) is unfortunately only on the label outside the gallery. It should be available in the handout.

From here, the theme shifts to air pollution. This puts spiders and humans at risk as well. In particular, it puts small, breathable carbon particles called particulate matter at risk. In honor of the Cameroonian spider fortune-teller, “Arachnomancy”, a deck of tarot cards printed with ink made from particulate matter, is displayed in one corner.

According to Harriet A. Washington, author of “Medical Apartheid,” “we don’t all breathe the same air,” occupying three nearby walls. Fighting apartheid inequality. A person who writes about environmental racism and contributes an essay to a catalog. Her work consists of seven large frames of paper that measure contamination over a two-year period in different locations in the seven states. The degree of contamination is recorded in a row of dots ranging from barely visible to very dark. They look cute and minimalist, but they clearly show the inequality in this country where clean air is involved.

The last two galleries of the show return to web aesthetics. “Sounding the Air” consists of five long, thick strands made from multiple silk threads of a spider web. The light directed at the strands causes the strands to undulate. Through the camera and computer, these movements are converted into sounds that resemble avant-garde music. “How to entangle the cobweb universe?” The laser repeatedly scans the extension of the spider web. The result is a seemingly cosmic, changing red gorgeousness. That message? The spider web is much more complicated than suggested in the show’s opening gallery.

In the final gallery, “A Hermodynamic Imaginary,” Saraseno uses large plexiglass spheres, web-like wires and cords, and small glass doudads and their shadows to evoke planetary movements. However, in the fascinating video played on the left wall of this gallery, you can get a glimpse of a black aerosol sculpture that resembles a three-dimensional kite. These are part of the “Museo Aero Solar” project being tested in Salinas Grandes, Argentina. It’s thrilling to see the sculpture stand up and move away from the little person on the ground.

If you read the text on the wall all the time, you may find this exhibition a little difficult, but you may learn a huge amount and feel a little optimistic about the fate of the planet. It helps you to find out that rest is waiting in the installation work, especially the soothing “Free the Air” of Saraceno’s large white sphere (95 feet in diameter) that has eaten more or less the space of McCourt. Among the two is a pair of steel webs like a trampoline. When a sitting or prone visitor hears and feels a 20-minute concert, the bright space darkens. This is a compositional vibration resulting from the recorded movement of air particles. Simply put, you can take you out of this world.

The show at 521 West 21st Street in Tanya Bonakdal is, in a sense, a continuation of the hut. It revolves around an installation made from black polyester rope, where Saraceno first became known. The elastic rope crosses a white space with an elaborate spherical structure at the intersection. These resemble a spider web with stars, snowflakes, magnified particles, and, of course, a live microphone connected to an active speaker. Visitors can touch them and cause vibrations like spiders on the web.

The sum of these two exhibitions, especially those in the hut, gives a deeper understanding of Saraceno’s love for spiders. Whether you like these creatures more or not, they are helping to bring about a better future.

Thomas Saraseno: Specific Issues

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