Experience the New York premiere of artist Jason Hackenwerth’s giant otherworldly creatures!
Thursday, July 12, 6-9PM
Wednesday, 7/11: 12-2PM & 6-8PM
Thursday, 7/12: 12-2PM & 6-9PM
Friday, 7/13: 12-2PM & 6-8PM
Saturday, 7/14: 12PM-3PM
Sunday, 7/15: 12-3PM
Jason Hackenwerth is a painter, sculptor and multi-media installation artist. Since 2005, he has explored the phenomena of temporality and joy through the transformation of ordinary materials. Currently, his works take the form of large-scale sculptural installations created from common latex balloons. Inspired by science, mythology and the ephemeral nature of his chosen medium, each work is at once mysterious, accessible and fun, complementing and responding to its architectural setting. Hackenwerth developed techniques to connect thousands of balloons into rigid, complex forms that when suspended seem to defy gravity and highlight the material’s qualities of translucency, movement and illumination. Describing these works, the artist states: “I see these sculptures as metaphors for our own lives, common material in a state of grace.” Audiences around the world have connected with their own inner joy through their experience of these massive organic forms.
In 2016, Hackenwerth was invited by Arts Brookfield to translate his ideas into a more durable sculptural form, the large-scale inflatable constructed from heavy vinyl fabric, for presentation at Brookfield’s public plazas in downtown Los Angeles and New York City. Asked to create sculptures that competed and contrasted with the scale and palette of modern high-rise buildings, Hackenwerth made a series of drawings for three spectacular, otherworldly creatures. Named Helio (personification of the sun), Nagi (the Sanskrit word for “serpent”) and Cronus (the youngest leader of the Titans in Greek mythology), the drawings were transformed into brightly colored inflatables resembling either prehistoric or futuristic four-legged animals. Presented as a “pack” at Brookfield Place NY, each creature of Animal Soul draws the viewer in, around and underneath to touch and explore their strange and beautiful bodies.
The New York show also features a set of new sculptures from the series Megamites, began in 2005 at the 51st Venice Biannale. These abstract organic forms, worn by performers, are sculptured from latex balloons, the same material typically used for his temporary large-scale installations. Hackenwerth has created five new designs, each an exotic organism that connects with passersby as they playfully move throughout the Brookfield Place NY each day.
Jason Hackenwerth’s temporary installations have been presented by museums, fairs and festivals around the world, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, V&A Museum, London, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dig the City in Manchester, England, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, The High Line, Deitch Projects Art Star Parade, Savanah College of Art and Design, TED, Hong Kong Art Fair, Abu Dhabi International Science Fair, Coachella Music and Art Festival, and the 51st Venice Beinnale, among many others. Select solo and group exhibitions of his sculptures include Louisiana Museum of Art, Garage for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, Riverside Art Museum, California, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, South Carolina, City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, the Skybox, Philadelphia, and the Miami International Airport Galleries, among many others. The artist received his MFA from the Savanah College of Art and Design in 2003.
For more information about the artist, visit jasonhackenwerth.com.
Hotel Partner: The Frederick Hotel
QUIET CLUBBING DETAILS:
Quiet Events headphones
3 live DJ’s battling for your attention
HOW IT WORKS
Bring a credit or debit card for the check-in process.
When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJs with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows what you are listening to, so you can dance along with those listening to the same DJ as you. It’s super social; just lower the volume or take the headphones off and talk to that girl or guy. At the end of the night, be sure to return your headphones as there will be a $100 charge to your credit or debit card if headphones don’t come back.
Never been to a Quiet Clubbing Event? Watch this YouTube video to learn why everyone is getting loud about it!