18 Wooster Street
In this collaborative installation by Jim Drain and Ara Peterson, 18 Wooster Street was transformed into an interactive, spinning landscape, featuring work produced by the artists over the previous two years.
Moving through corridors of rainbow pinwheels, a huge kaleidoscope hallway, and four exactingly gorgeous geodesic paintings rotating slowly on the ground and ceiling, the viewer became immersed in their lyrical, spherical environment. A twelve-foot rainbow ottoman spun hypnotically on the first platform while a video feed projected the spinning sitters onto the wall upstairs. Evocative of Duchamp’s Rotoreliefs, hypnotist’s spiral devices, fun-house divertissements, and late ’60s environmental architecture, the conjunction of the multiple types of spinning spheres had the effect of transporting gallery visitors into a different state of receptive consciousness.
As suggested by the title, one uniting theme of the exhibition was hypnogogia: the highly surreal state of waking sleep that you can sometimes enter while nodding off—a heightened-reality high, where sensory data is enhanced and isolated in a waking dream state. The subject of a 1987 cult book by Andreas Mavromatis—who coined the term—and of such interest to the Surrealist movement, the hypnogogic state can feature visions, voices, weird insights, and unusual sensations as we drift out of consciousness.
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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