This afternoon I stopped by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea to take a look at Tomás Saraceno's exhibition Hybrid solitary... semi-social quintet... on cosmic webs...
The lettering on the wall hints that the show is in two parts. On the first are clear cubes suspended in a dark room and illuminated by spotlights. Inside are the work of spiders but more complex that typical webs, owing to the artist turning the cubes like an hourglass to increase the complexity, and beauty, of the silky creations.
Upstairs are the artist's suspended sculptures of wire, balloons and foil, constructions that approach the complexity of the spiders' creations, though in the structure of interconnected bubbles rather than webs. These pieces are like architectural models that are part of the artist's "continued engagement with the concept of 'cloud city' that explores the
possibility of a future airborne existence within and beyond the 'spaceship' Earth." Whatever the case, Saraceno's artistic and arachnological creations are a wonder to behold.