The Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to host an exhibition featuring work by New York based artist Robert Bowen in its ground floor project gallery.
On view will be Bowen’s latest project, Hyperbolic Suspension [Bioscleave House - Lifespan Extending Villa], based on his work with Arakawa + Gins’ Bioscleave House in East Hampton, NY. Bowen’s installation dynamically reconfigures the interior of the house into an infinite space. The visitor is further immersed in the architecture through the presence of structural elements of Bioscleave House inside the gallery space.
Bioscleave House, East Hampton, NY, 2008, is the first work of procedural architecture designed by Arakawa + Gins in North America. The fully symmetrical house, painted in forty-six different colors, features an undulating floor around a sunken kitchen in the center and intersecting walls. Arakawa + Gins conceived the house to be a laboratory for daily research that aims to increase the lifespan of its residents.
Robert Bowen met Arakawa + Gins in 1992 as they were exploring the possibilities of digital technologies. In 2011, he first visited Bioscleave House. It has since become an architectural muse for him through works such as: Propeller (2013); X Architecture (Matter Energy); Night for Day (2013); Sectioned Cylindrical Panorama (2013); and Projecting Text into Volume (light writing in space & time) (2014). As a result of his research into the perception of space through photography and video, Robert Bowen has created a new architectural experience based on the existing diagrammatic configuration of Bioscleave House.
The exhibition Hyperbolic Suspension, is composed of two large-scale computational photographs of the reconfigured house interior and a digital video that further imagines an extended, or spatial “voluming” (as described by Madeline Gins). The gallery itself has been structurally transformed with a floor tilted, a ceiling lowered and a pole installed, all components of this unified, site-specific architectural work.
Robert Bowen was born in Buffalo, New York in 1952. He has previously exhibited at the New Spectrum Foundation (2012, NY), Haim Chanin Fine Arts (2008, NY), and the MF Adams Gallery (2005, NY), and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
The Reversible Destiny Foundation was founded in 2010 by Arakawa + Gins to further engage the theoretical implications of their project The Mechanism of Meaning. They developed procedural architecture in order to advance wellness and human longevity, with completed projects in the United States and Japan. The foundation seeks to actively promote the art and architecture of Arakawa + Gins, while continuing to research, design, and construct works of procedural architecture internationally.
All images: © Robert Bowen 2015