The exhibition Pipilotti Rist: Heroes of Birth at Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York shows two colorful large scale video projection works and an LCD triptych by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. It’s Pipilotti Rist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.
The work in the entry gallery, All or Nothing, is a triptych of LCD screens mounted on the wall, surrounded by an altar with fresh flowers and water for the visitors.
In the gallery’s main space, the visitor is surrounded by several videos that are projected on cascading translucent fabrics hanging from the ceiling. They show images from nature such as sheep and grass. Together with the melodic sounds that fill the room, a meditative environment is created. The work is titled Layers Mama Layers. The piece shows also a new element in Pipilotti Rist’s work, the use of computer graphics.
The rear gallery is dominated by Massachusetts Chandelier, a chandelier made of underpants that were collected from the artist and her friends and family. The chandelier is lit by a light bulb that is placed inside and two videos that are projected on it from the outside.
Pipilotti Rist: Heroes of Birth at Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York. Opening reception, August 10, 2010.
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Pipilotti Rist was born in 1962 in Grabs in Switzerland. Pipilotti Rist studied commercial art, illustration and photography at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, and audio visual communications (video) at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland. Since 1986 she creates freestyle video / audio works and installations. From 1988 until 1994 she was a member of the pop band “Les Reines Prochaines”. The Swiss artist has exhibited in major international institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, and has received numerous awards. From 2005 through 2009 Pipilotti Rist worked on her first feature film “Pepperminta”, which was released in 2009. Since 2004 she lives and works in Zürich and in the Swiss mountains.