Tomás Saraceno(b.1973)’s practice is elevated by the concepts linking art, life science and social sciences. Enmeshed at the junction of these worlds, his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. The artist, concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, unfolds his own vision of the attainable utopia, where humans, nonhumans and other organisms can co-inhabit on the Earth. This first solo exhibition presented at Gallery Hyundai offers the viewers practical and multi-layered perspectives in approaching Saraceno’s poetic yet radical art world.
A mysterious cosmic scene unfolds on the first floor. The sculptures that are suspended from the ceiling resonate through delicate and subtle lights, appearing as constellations, shadows of the Moon or bubbles floating in the sky. As viewers wander in this immersive exhibition space, they may realize their own position within the cosmic scale. On the second floor, the viewers encounter the artist’s very collaborator, the spider/web and other related works. The interactions that occur among the viewer-turned participant in the darkness, (cosmic) dust, spider/web, and the air current create an impromptu orchestral harmony. In the basement, lastly, present are the Cloud Cities, a long-standing project in search of an alternative form of urbanism and airborne habitats. The border-free habitat has been realized within the familiar cityscape of Seoul. From spiders to humans, dust to clouds, clouds to cities, light to darkness, and the Earth to the Universe… Saraceno invites the viewers to the world within and outside the planet Earth.
Image: Tomás Saraceno, A Thermodynamic Imaginary, 2018. Installation view at ON AIR, carte blanche exhibition to Tomás Saraceno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018. Curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel. Courtesy of the artist; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2018-