Lurking deep below the surface of Ourcq Canal jettisoned objects await recovery. Over the years their surfaces have gained the complexion of aquatic wreckage. For L’eau Qui Dort, the artist Michael Pinsky has used divers and cranes to dredge the canals and extract this debris.
Forty of these ghostly objects have mysteriously appeared upright on the surface of the canal water, bathed in aquamarine light. Again visible, these bicycles, shopping trolleys, signs and fridges confront their owners, demonstrating that society’s desire for the new can only be supported by rendering the old invisible.
A strange and beautiful soundtrack has been generated from these objects played by those who live around the canal. Each night this eerie composition emanates from spaces around the canal to form an intricate three-dimensional soundscape.
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Michael Pinsky is representing the House of St Barnabas with a new edition of Viral Planting where a microscopic image of the ebola virus will emerge from thirty-thousand plastic flowers. This viral depiction, appropriated from the media, has been magnified to the point where its surface breaks down to provide the structure for a bed of plastic flowers where each pixel is replaced by a flower bud. Viral Planting operates in the changing landscape of humankind’s obsession with viral disasters and plagues. The flowers are arranged to reflect each new virus which is prevalent in the media, contributing to a growing floral archive of viruses.
Preview Wednesday 20th of May 6pm – 9pm
Open to the public
Thursday 21st of May 11am – 9pm
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of May 11am – 7pm
Michael Pinsky in conversation with the curator Katie Heller from 12pm on Friday 22nd of May.
Viral Planting featured on London Live
De-installation of Viral Planting
A new monograph is to be published to accompany the exhibition Survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, curated by Mei Huang. Supported by the British Council the catalogue contains texts by Mei Huang and an interview with Helena Reckitt.
Hard Cover, 19 x 26cm, 200 pages full colour
Published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu
Designed by Wu Weichia
Edition Xin Dong Cheng ISBN 978-2-915823-23-3
Available in the UK from Michael Pinsky £24.95 + P&P
Survey is a major exhibition showing together for the first time a large number projects produced over the last decade including collaborative works with Walker & Bromwich and Cabula 6. A new work A Stitch in Time, commissioned by MOCA, will subsequently be shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in July.
Curated by Mei Huang, Survey has been co-produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu and the British Council. A new monograph will be published by the British Council to coincide with the exhibition.
The exhibition opens on April 18th 2014.
A new commission A Stitch In Time for the Museum of Contemporary Art has gained a Grant for the Arts Award from Arts Council England.
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