My next project will be in Curitiba Brazil. I’ll be making a gigantic mobil 29 meters high with an 18 meter radius. It will be a great challenge to get it all balanced and turning freely. Please stay tuned to my instagram page @hackenwerth to see the progress. Here are some sketches to give you an idea of the complexity of the project.
One of my favorite ways of showcasing my sculpture is to put them on articulating boom lifts and move them around in the air. I first had the idea back in 2008 and I proposed it to several curators and directors but didn’t get the green light until the director of Pop-Tech went for it at their conference in Maine back in 2011. See the video attached below. Since then, there have been several. Here are some images from those.
This post offers a glimpse into some of my alternate sculptures. Making two dimensional drawings that I usually draw, transfer, and cut by hand from plywood. I assemble the pieces to become sculptures. The drawings often become divergent explorations of unique pairs. Here are some examples from past exhibitions. With these works I examine the concept of individual reincarnation and the notion of multiple universes. Each line is an example of reality collapsing on the one. With this work I beg the question. What is the sound of one hand clapping?
A few years ago I was invited to create the iconic New York Times T logo for the cover of the New York Times Magazine. Of course I was honored and indescribably excited. It took a few days to make it and another day to get my studio ready for the photo-shoot. I was able to hire my good friend and genius photographer Sean Gilligan to take the picture that would later be published. I also made a video of the entire process. I hope you enjoy it.
Artist: Jason Hackenwerth, Photograph: Sean Gilligan
A Sculpture at the Baton Rouge Museum of Art and History
This is one of two large sculptures I made for The Museum of Art and History in Baton Rouge LA a few years back. The title of this piece is The Arrival. 36 feet in diameter and comprised of more than 12,000 balloons. It was intended for viewers to lay beneath and look up as this massive dome slowly rotated. In this kind of quiet contemplative moment is when we are most connected to our deepest conscious awareness. “For heaven is right here in the midst of you.”
Aviary at the Soloman R Guggenheim in New York City.
Created for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This sculpture was constructed in four parts in a studio in Brooklyn over the course of a week. On installation day it was trucked over and each piece was snaked through the front door, unwrapped and attached to the next by a team of more than 30 volunteers and assistants. The entire installation was complete in under 40 minutes. The piece hung for one night for the Works & Process Gala event on April 2nd 2014.
Thanks to Sean Gilligan for these amazing photographs and all of the artists and friends who helped. A special thanks to Mary Sharp Cronson and Works & Process.
This post is a look back at the piece I made for the Tampa Museum of Art as my participation in the Skyway exhibition a while back. Here is the didactic I wrote to help understand the piece.
An elongated voluminous form of dark brown, chocolate, and light flesh tones, hangs prostrate overhead in the 30’ corridor. One end is bifurcated and descending from above as two fleshy appendages of a great sea lion reaching down as if an offering of peace to all who may pass between them. The other end, a suggestion of some alien creature’s head shrouded in translucent polymer film that is tied together with red strips of latex. The distended belly of the beast at a height of just 7 feet is cut open in a vesica piscis, allowing viewers to peer into the open cavity and glimpse the brilliant glow of the enshrouded tumescent crown and the craftwork of the interior structure. The edges of the wound delineated by more red latex detail making reference to the Mandorla and implications of crucifixion.
Passion is a reflection of the hopes and fears of humanity. A representation of our unshakable past and the constantly fleeting promise of future salvation manifested as a contradiction of violence and serenity.
One of the projects I’m most excited about this year are my new inflatable sculptures. I’ve talked about them in a couple of previous posts but I wanted to share some really great photos taken by Charles Lenoir of Los Angeles. These images come the closest to capturing the uniqueness of these sculptures short of experiencing them in person. They each have a title. Nagi, Cronus, and Helio. Nagi is an adaptation of Sanskrit word Naga which is a description of a man with a snake head. Helio is a word that references the sun and Cronus was the youngest leader of the Titans in ancient greek mythology. Since these photos were taken I have changed out the black straps for silver ones that are more discrete and have changed the internal lights which are now also much more discrete and make the nigh time glow much more effective.
This summer continues to be very busy for me. My last project, Animal Soul just wrapped up in New York City last week. Now I’m back in my studio here in St. Pete making drawings and answering requests for proposals.
Here are some photographs of the wearable sculptures I made for Animal Soul. Stay tuned for some images of the drawings I’m now making for projects slated for this fall, winter, and next spring.