76 Grand Street
Serene in Suspense was a life-size sculpture of a female figure floating on her back in a condition suggesting weightlessness. Her body was in a relaxed posture, legs slightly parted, fingers laced behind her head, eyes looking both outward and inward. While her proportions and features were a hybrid of stylizations from various times and cultures, her body was rendered to appear undeformed by gravity, a possibility available only in our time. The figure was balanced and suspended by a fine line from her navel connected to a pole near the ceiling. The pole counter-balanced the figure's weight, allowing it to move vertically. A strong magnet in her head aligned with Earth's magnetic field causing the figure's sex to face south, where the Sun is, in the manner of a compass.
Tom Shannon has been working with the concept of levitation for over thirty years. The subjects of his sculptures have ranged from three-dimensional atomic patterns filling entire rooms to realistically painted globes hovering on permanent magnetic fields. While he has made drawings over the years of floating figures, this was the first time he has exhibited a figurative sculpture. Shannon has, from the beginning, chosen to create a body of work which enhances a sense of global awareness. His broad ranging subject matter attempts to proportionately locate the human in the middle of the vast scales above and below us.
Tom Shannon's work was first shown in New York at the Museum of Modern Art's 1969 exhibition The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age. Since then he has exhibited internationally. His works are in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
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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