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A part of his ongoing Air-Port-City / Cloud-City project, Tomas Saraceno has taken over the downstairs gallery space at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery with his sprawling, web-like architectural proposals, experiments and models that explore the possibility of a future airborne existence – a literal "cloud city." Informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences and engineering, his floating sculptures and environmental installations invite viewers to consider geometries and phenomena of the natural world as adaptable models for the ways we live and interact. The gallery is exhibiting this work alongside the artist's current Cloud City installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, his first major commission in the United States.

 

The exhibition consists of hundreds of individual units which make up the works, and which hang and float through the entryway and main gallery, set against a floor-to-ceiling digital rendering of Saraceno's vision in the sky. These units are based on the complex three-dimensional geometry of the Weaire-Phelan model, an idealized foam structure representing the perfect packaging of spheres with minimal surface and maximum volume. Magnifying these molecular structures to visible proportions, Saraceno combines them into constructions of various shapes and sizes, and demonstrates their ability to endlessly reconfigure. It is the adaptability and mobility of these units that serve as the cornerstone for Saraceno's vision.

 

Saraceno's work has long explored new ways of inhabiting our environment, advancing his vision of an Air-Port-City. Set in a permanent state of transformation, the artists' floating metropolises are made up of habitable, cell-like platforms powered by solar energy. Together they migrate and recombine as freely as clouds themselves, reimagining borders as more elastic and dynamic. Built and sustained by a network of people united by "cloud citizenship," Saraceno suggests a new, collective territory in the air that becomes, in his words, "a three-dimensional era of social engagement."

 

// 2 Jun 2012 - 27 Jul 2012

Source - Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Jack Smylie

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