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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Trendspotting: Room Art

Three art installations in New York City this fall make me think of the phrase "Room Art." I don't think such a type exists, but it seems like an interesting coincidence that each artist is constructing a room as a canvas and then immersing the visitor (a more accurate term in this case then viewer) into the space for effect. Respectively, the below examples are an elevated room that gets visitors close to a sculpture usually out of reach, set within a fairly tacky-looking mock apartment; a disorienting, plywood-lined space squeezed into a Chelsea gallery; and a simulated Rikers Island jail cell.

Tatzu Nishi's Discovering Columbus at Columbus Circle until November 18:
[Photo by Roccocell via the archidose flickr pool]

Julian Hoeber's Demon Hill #2 at Harris Lieberman until October 20:
[Photo via Co.Design]

Artist Jessica Feldman's (with designer Steven Gertner) The Glass Sea at Lieutenant Petrosino Park from October 25 to November 25:
[Photo: Jessica Feldman and Steven Gertner, via DNAinfo]

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