Aesop has been at home in New York City for some years, relishing Manhattan’s intelligence, culture and energy. In March, we venture over the Brooklyn Bridge to partner with The Invisible Dog Art Center.
Established in 2009 and nestled between Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Boreum Hill, this interdisciplinary space is an exemplar of self-sustained, community-focused cultural engagement; and an acclaimed hub for experimentation and collaboration among artists.
We have greatly admired the Center’s initiatives, and are honoured to host an installation designed by architect Frida Escobedo within its walls between March and December 2014. Her recent work includes a renovation of La Tallera (former home and studio of artist David Alfaro Siqueiros) in Cuernavaca, Hotel Bocachica in Acapulco, and the civic stage for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Trienniale.
Of this installation, she writes:
One of the main tropes of Modernism was to reject ornament in favor of abstraction. With the famous title for his essay ‘Ornament and Crime’, Adolf Loos proclaimed ‘The evolution of culture marches with the elimination of ornament from useful objects’. Nevertheless, he continued to favor the use of natural ornament, patterns ready made in the materials themselves. Many others followed his path – from Mies van der Rohe to Juan O´Gorman – using veined stone to complement their compositions. The use of natural ornament springs from a fascination of those forms that speak about their own genesis.
Inspired by this principle, the installation for Aesop reflects the passing of time in the way of an inverse sedimentation. A glass panel containing different strata of sand acts as the centerpiece. Seen from the distance, it resembles a marble wall. During the five-month period in which the store operates, the sand will slowly drift out of the glass panel, revealing different patterns in the process.
The idea is to simultaneously make manifest the duration of the temporary store. Installed in springtime in New York, it also recalls melting snow, Les Eaux de Mars, a change of season, optimism and expectation.
We welcome your visit to this remarkable space, and encourage you to view The Invisible Dog Art Center’s spring programme, which features three exhibitions: Mac Premo’s ‘It’s Later Than You Think’, Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin’s ‘A Marriage: 2 (WEST-ER)’, and Heather Weston’s ‘At Home’.