NYC has a vibrant and exciting art scene. Contemporary art, especially, has found a home in the many galleries in Chelsea. As part of our Material Science class, we were encouraged to visit current exhibitions while thinking of the questions involved in writing a risk assessment. How would one approach transporting, installing, conserving, and storing contemporary works? What is the role of the artist in this process? How does one work with modern materials and ever-changing contemporary techniques?
One exhibit that many of us visited was Vanishing Point, a show of workby the Syrian-American artist Diana al-Hadid at the Marianne Boesky Gallery. Al-Hadid creats large scale architectonic installations. Visitors were able to circumambulate these intricate structures, looking not only at them but through them.
Al-Hadid also created several “flat” works including paintings on vellum and installed (an intricately incised) wall that could be viewed from both sides. Generally, the artist used materials that could be found at most hardware stores; however, she combined them in unpredictable ways that at times seemed to defy the laws of gravity. The size and the composite nature of al-Hadid’s work would present interesting issues if one was to complete a risk assessment of the objects in the Vanishing Point show.
Keep a look out for more of our gallery trips downtown!