Pipilotti Rist, Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon, 2023 / Exhibition view © Pipilotti Rist/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine, New York
Pipilotti Rist: Prickling Goosebumps and a Humming Horizon
Nov 18, 2023 – Feb 24, 2024
Luhring Augustine / Hauser & Wirth
New York, USA

Opened in November 2023, self-described “wild and friendly” Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist presents a selection of new and recent sculptural works and projections in Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon, a major two-part exhibition opening in Chelsea. The exhibition, which takes place simultaneously at Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street location and Luhring Augustine’s 24th Street location, has been conceived by the artist as a multisensory experience for visitors. In these complementary presentations, Rist explores interior and exterior – internal and external physical and psychological spaces – with Luhring Augustine reimagined as an expansive, shared “backyard” and Hauser & Wirth transformed into a whimsical “collective living room.” At each location visitors are greeted with an artistic gesture on the façade: the work Textile Simultaneity at Luhring Augustine and Innocent Collection at Hauser & Wirth.

At Luhring Augustine Chelsea on West 24th Street, visitors are taken on a journey through an expansive “backyard” environment animated by sounds, colors, and textures. In the entrance gallery they encounter new small-scale works – a landscape painting, Visual Cortex Dolomites, and a rock sculpture, Respect Scholarly Rock – each of which is activated by hypnotic video projections. The main gallery is dominated by Rist’s spellbinding Neighbors Without Fences (2020), a full-scale façade of a clapboard house, which is surrounded by a “courtyard” filled with outdoor patio furniture and anchored by The Patience (2016), a massive 1.5-ton boulder awash in the colors of a dynamic projection. A version of Neighbors Without Fences debuted as a highlight in Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor, Rist’s 2021-22 survey exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Each window of the clapboard façade contains a glowing screen displaying new videos made specifically for this exhibition; the works are from Rist’s Peeping Freedom Shutters series (2020-2023), a group of unique video sculptures that pay homage to women’s rights activists whose fearless advocacy has opened windows onto the possibility of a more equitable world. The back gallery will present Big Skin (2022), a version of which was first included in Rist’s solo exhibition Behind Your Eyelid at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong. The installation’s undulating, semi-translucent resin panels, or “skins”, float cloud-like from the ceiling with video projections of real and animated galaxies and natural landscapes dancing across their surfaces. The resin material of these skins simultaneously absorbs and emits light, creating ghostly shadows across the walls and floor, transporting viewers into another dimension.

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