MIAP Alum’s Art Installation in Madison Square Park

from Sandra Gibson (MIAP alum)
MAD. SQ. ART 2013

Mad. Sq. Art is proud to present Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation by New York-based artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder. For over a decade, Gibson and Recoder have united the rich traditions of avant-garde film and the multi-modal sensibility of expanded cinema in which the moving image is woven into the mutable space of performance, sound, and audience interaction. Their larger body of work explores this interstice between film practice and the incorporation of moving images and time-based media into a museum or gallery setting.
topsy-turvey_030413.jpgFor their first public art commission, Gibson and Recoder’s Topsy-Turvy reimagines one of the world’s earliest moving image devices as a 10-foot by 10-foot cylindrical viewing room. Topsy-Turvy reinvents a centuries-old artistic medium and brings it into the contemporary setting of Madison Square Park. Visitors are encouraged to enter the camera obscura’s “micro cinema” to catch a glimpse of an inverted and abstracted motion picture of the surrounding Flatiron District in real time. The interactive installation employs the physical properties of light, shadow, and movement in order to rearticulate space and time, thereby disorienting and revitalizing how the park’s thousands of daily visitors experience and engage with New York City’s urban landscape.
In Topsy-Turvy, the ever-shifting conditions of natural light, climate, and daily traffic contribute to the uniqueness of every viewing occasion. Different times of the day, or a different day altogether, make for dramatic alterations in the effects of the camera obscura’s “natural projection” that invite multiple viewings.
Sandra Gibson (b. 1968) and Luis Recoder (b. 1971) have been artistic collaborators since 2000. Their acclaimed projection performances and film-based installations have exhibited worldwide. Gibson earned degrees in filmmaking and moving image preservation from Rhode Island School of Design and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; Recoder earned degrees in filmmaking and philosophy from San Francisco Art Institute and The New School for Social Research. Awards include the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, NEA’s Japan-US Friendship Commission, Ucross Foundation, and NYFA. They have recently been nominated for the Alpert Award in the Arts.
Gibson and Recoder have exhibited internationally at numerous museums, galleries, and film festivals such as the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY, NY); The Kitchen (NY, NY); Light Industry (Brooklyn, NY); REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA); Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA); Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX); Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT); Conversations At The Edge (Chicago, IL); Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada); Hartware MedienKunstVerein (Dortmund, Germany); Tate Modern (London, UK); Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK); Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee, Scotland); MuHKA (Antwerp, Belgium); TENT (Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal); and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Japan).
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder are represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York.

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