Pipilotti Rist Prickling “Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon”

Hauser & Wirth (548 W 22nd St.)

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In November 2023, self-described “wild and friendly” Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist will present a selection of new and recent sculptural works and projections in Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon, a major two-part exhibition opening in Chelsea. The exhibition, which will take place simultaneously at Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street location and Luhring Augustine’s 24th Street location, has been conceived by the artist as a multisensory experience for visitors. In these complementary presentations, Rist will explore interior and exterior—internal and external physical and psychological spaces—with Luhring Augustine reimagined as an expansive, shared “backyard” and Hauser & Wirth transformed into a whimsical “collective living room.”

At each location visitors will be greeted with an artistic gesture on the façade: the work Textile Simultaneity at Luhring Augustine and Innocent Collection at Hauser & Wirth.

At Luhring Augustine Chelsea on West 24th Street, visitors will be taken on a journey through an expansive “backyard” environment animated by sounds, colors, and textures. In the entrance gallery they encounter new small-scale works—a landscape painting, Visual Cortex Dolomites, and a rock sculpture, Respect Scholarly Rock—each of which is activated by hypnotic video projections. The main gallery is dominated by Rist’s spellbinding Neighbors Without Fences (2020), a full-scale façade of a clapboard house, which is surrounded by a “courtyard” filled with outdoor patio furniture and anchored by The Patience (2016), a massive 1.5–ton boulder awash in the colors of a dynamic projection. A version of Neighbors Without Fences debuted as a highlight in Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor, Rist’s 2021–22 survey exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Each window of the clapboard façade contains a glowing screen displaying new videos made specifically for this exhibition; the works are from Rist’s Peeping Freedom Shutters series (2020–2023), a group of unique video sculptures that pay homage to women’s rights activists whose fearless advocacy has opened windows onto the possibility of a more equitable world. The back gallery will present Big Skin (2022), a version of which was first included in Rist’s solo exhibition Behind Your Eyelid at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong. The installation’s undulating, semi–translucent resin panels, or “skins”, float cloud-like from the ceiling with video projections of real and animated galaxies and natural landscapes dancing across their surfaces. The resin material of these skins simultaneously absorbs and emits light, creating ghostly shadows across the walls and floor, transporting viewers into another dimension.

At Hauser & Wirth’s West 22nd Street building, Rist will transform the entire street level space into a “living room” painted in lush reds and vegetal greens. Here guests will discover single-channel sculptural video works, including many presented publicly for the first time. For each of these works, Rist has embedded a video into a found domestic object or piece of furniture—from Ich brenne für dich (I burn for you) (2018), fashioned from an antique marble fireplace mantle to Über Stock und Stein (Over Hill and Dale) (2023), which animates the interior of a vintage toy horse stable with different oscillating forms and colors. A new group of sculptures, together titled Metal Flake Milk Tooth (2023), punctuates the space in an arrangement laying low across the gallery floor. With their furniture-like qualities—each form evokes yet subverts the familiar geometries of a chair or coffee table—these objects hew to Rist’s longstanding fascination with the reflective and emotive potentials of light: constructed fiberglass composite, the sculptures have been coated with metal flakes, airbrushed candy colors and clear lacquer that yield glittery, optically dynamic surfaces which defy capture by photography. Metal Flake Milk Tooth thus happily demands that we experience it in three dimensions and be present in its space in order to engage its pleasures. Two new major video projections—Welling Color Island East (2023) and Welling Color Island West (2023)—and the new moving light installation Petting Colors (2023) complete Rist’s interior adventure at Hauser & Wirth. Her richly colored projections swirl down from the ceiling onto carpet “islands” occupied by cushioned seating areas for communal occupancy and immersion. The gently moving lights of Petting Colors dance across the room to land upon visitors and connect them to one another as well as Rist’s other works in situ, making members of the public active participants in her enchantments.

[Image: Installation view of Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor, September 12, 2021–June 6, 2022 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Photo by Zak Kelley. © Pipilotti Rist, Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]



from November 09, 2023 to January 13, 2024


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