The Art Zealous team puttered over to Chelsea on Friday night for the opening of Red Bull Studios New York‘s BIO:DIP, a two-part exhibition composed of large-scale solo projects by Hayden Dunham and Nicolas Lobo.
Both artists have impressive resumes, Dunham has participated in exhibitions and performances at Andrea Rosen Gallery, MoMA PS1, SIGNAL Gallery, Brooklyn, Farewell in Austin, New Museum in New York, Colette in Paris, France while Lobo’s work has been exhibited at institutional venues including Pérez Art Museum Miami, American University Museum in Washington, D.C., de la Cruz Collection in Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Art International Radio at Clocktower Gallery, New York, and ARTIS, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
For BIO:DIP, Miami-based Nicolas Lobo presents three full-size fiberglass swimming pools that he used to cast large sculptures out of fragrant soap. The pools are inverted and used as pedestals for the sculptures. Displayed atop the swimming pool molds, these uncanny soap forms are a sly nod to both the history of sculpture and to contemporary mass production. Additionally, Lobo has obscured the space’s windows with a thick layer of lipstick.
Where Lobo’s installation responds to the scale of the building, Dunham focuses on the systems of care hidden within its industrial architecture. By tapping into the existing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, Dunham will create sculptures that interact with visitors through sensory transitions. What will begin as a solid frozen sculptural form is cycled through multiple states of ice, melted water, condensation and vapor before interacting and passing through the viewer’s body in the form of breathed air. Through a nimble manipulation of architectural systems, Dunham explores the economies of our bodies and the implications of our relationship with materials.
Curated by Neville Wakefield, BIO:DIP is currently open to the public through April 17th.
Red Bull Studios, 220 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011.
February 20 – April 17, 2016
Wednesday – Sunday
12pm – 7pm
Photos // Hanna Hazel