January 11th - February 23rd, 2020
Wednesday - Sunday: 11am-7pm
Opening: Saturday, January 11th, 2020
On View: January 11th - February 23rd, 2020
Wednesday - Sunday: 11am - 7pm
Wallplay is pleased to host Anne Spalter’s Vacation Planet. Brooklyn-based media artist Anne Spalter, academic pioneer and founder of the original digital fine arts programs at both Brown and RISD will take over an 8,300 square foot space on the ground floor of 25 Kent. The immersive artwork combines digital and analog art practices to present a cross-media art installation featuring real tropical plants and an ocean soundscape, combined with sun-emulating washer lights and digitally printed spheres up to 16 feet in diameter.
For the exterior of Vacation Planet’s giant orbs, Spalter uses custom, algorithm-based software to transform high resolution source footage of vacation destinations into the swirling, vibrantly rendered prints on each orb. Spheres are hung at a unique height, some suspended from the ceiling, while others rest tethered to the ground. The resulting effect of the spheres’ size and placement variance is meant to feel as if someone threw a set of giant marbles and a freeze-frame was captured mid-bounce.
A key component of Vacation Planet is Spalter’s incorporation of various seating areas with Adirondack chairs and wicker coffee tables. Visitors are invited to sit down and hang out as long as they want within the installation, and, optionally, to also enjoy three custom Instagram Stories filters featuring animated versions of the spheres. When visitors follow @annespalter, the Vacation Planet filters will automatically show up as swipeable options in the “Stories” feature on the most updated version of the app.
“I want visitors to experience their own personal vacation planet by entering a ‘sun-lit’ art installation offering a summertime respite from the winter in New York City. Vacation Planet is meant to be a fun, surrealist immersive public art environment that mixes the semiotics of the tropical beach vacation with the mystery, wonder and loneliness of outer space by way of these planet-like orbs,” explains Spalter.
“In more fantastical terms, I want the jumbo spheres to be as if someone had dipped a bubble wand into a moment at the beach or poolside and blew “memory bubbles” that became planets in a galaxy of the mind. While the bright colors and palms evoke pleasurable getaways, the planetary-like orbs devoid of people, or with barely discernible teeny figures, and vast expanses of sand suggest something otherworldly.” The artist encourages visitors to simply stroll through, stay for lunch, or work on your laptop. Full spectrum lighting and ambient sounds help to create welcoming space in which to spend an afternoon. It’s at once familiar and yet dreamlike and surreal. Are you floating or flying?”