Thai artist Montien Boonma transformed the gallery into a templelike space. The air was infused with the scent of eighteen medicinal herbs with which the artist painted the gallery walls. House of Hope, which hovered in the center of the gallery space, was constructed from 1,648 strands of hanging herbal beads, spilling onto a stairlike stack of 440 wooden stools. The suspended house had a floating, dreamlike quality that invited spiritual engagement. In Thai culture, the stack of stools, painted with a red herb that symbolizes heaven, are like a stairway to heaven. The artist described the five hundred thousand beads that fell from the ceiling as a “black rain” bringing hope.
"House of Hope" expressed the artist’s hope that some of the ills of modern society can be cured through a return to traditional spiritual values, natural medicine, and community involvement. The artist was very affected by Thailand’s HIV epidemic as well as an increase in diseases that seem to have been caused by environmental pollution. Thailand had experienced uncontrolled industrial development and social dislocations that disrupted the structure of its society and its environment. House of Hope offered a symbolic path toward a healthier and more spiritual life.
Tragically, the artist died from cancer, possibly caused by environmental pollution, in 2000.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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