Artist Sarah Sze (before) is known for precisely arranging unique images such as photos, paintings, projections into massive sculptural constellations that collapse time and space, and one of their latest installations works in a similar way, focusing on the tensions between the individual and the collective and the past, present, and future. Nestled in the lush hills of Storm King Arts Center in New York’s Hudson Valley, Sze’s “Fallen Sky” consists of 132 individual parts made of polished stainless steel, which are arranged in a fragmented circle.
The sloping, slightly hidden installation, which is now part of the centre’s permanent collection, mirrors the landscape and shifts the mirrored images it shows depending on the time of day, season and location of the viewer. All of the grasses surrounding the metal parts have been hand selected and planted to create a contrast between the smooth tips of the steel and the natural growth.
The amorphous, segmented shapes, 8 meters long, are reminiscent of the process of erosion and the way elements change and deteriorate over time. Sze combines “Fallen Sky” with an immersive collage installation entitled “Fifth Season“, Which will be on view in the center until November 8th, an accompaniment that reflects her vision for the pieces. “Man’s relationship with landscape is this age-old confrontation with artists, but both of the works I’ve done are much more about how fragile the landscape is, that it is in flux and our relationship with it is broken,” she said in a recent interview. “I think it has to do with our generation. Our relationship with the landscape is not about owning it. “
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