Socrates Sculpture Park presents a new immersive art installation this month – QNS.com
Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City will feature an installation of lights and shadows never seen before in the United States this summer.
In collaboration with Projeto Hélio Oiticica and Americas Society, the piece uses an idea originally thought up by the late Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. The large-scale immersive environment of Socrates Sculpture Park uses Oiticica’s idea he had for Central Park in 1971, which was never realized. “PN15” is intended as a space for creativity and leisure, baptized “creleisure” by the artist.
“PN15” draws its inspiration from the city’s underground culture and invites visitors to walk through the circular structure. It features plants and image projections, displaying changes in opacity, light, shadow, framing, and orientation.
“We are delighted that Socrates Sculpture Park has taken the initiative to create Hélio Oiticica’s ‘PN15’ for the first time,” said the artist’s brothers, César and Claudio Oiticica. “Helio knew that the work might not be updated during his lifetime, so he left many notes and a model. It seems fitting that the project sees its first physical iteration in the city in which it was conceived.
“The spirit of collaboration has always been important to Hélio, so we are delighted that this participatory work will be activated through films and other artists during the exhibition.”
Oiticica, who died in 1980, is considered one of the leading contemporary Brazilian artists of the 20th century – winning praise primarily for his participatory and performative work from the 1960s. Socrates Sculpture Park executive director Tamsin Dillon said that Oiticica was a pioneer and remains one of the most prolific contemporary artists of his time.
“His ideas gave way to a new social and political movement, rooted in revolutionary artistic expression. Oiticica challenged audiences to recognize the realities of life in 1960s Brazil and the relationship of South American immigrants to their experience in America,” Dillon said. “Fifty-one years after Oiticica lived and worked on New York’s Lower East Side, audiences will finally experience his vision of Central Park brought to life here in Socrates.”
Socrates will feature various performances, discussions and video screenings from community partners and artists to bring Oiticica’s vision to life. The video projection presents historical and recent videos of the artist.
Local artists and art lovers will discuss their reactions to the ‘PN15’ installation during a panel titled, ‘Creleisure Talk: What’s Hidden in the Subterranean?’ Saturday, June 18.
During the exhibition, which ends August 14, Brazilian and queer artists will also create performances and interactive workshops in the space. This series begins on Friday, May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.
“PN15” is visible on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry. For more information, visit the Socrates Sculpture Park website.