Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents Solar Rhythms, a solo exhibition of new works by internationally renowned artist Tomás Saraceno, on view from Saturday, April 14 through June 9. Solar Rhythms suggests a model for a landscape that balances our relationship with, and harnesses the unlimited potential of the Sun. This realization requires a thermodynamic leap of imagination, just like during an eclipse, when only in the absence of light do we become aware of our scale in the shadow of the cosmos. In that moment of alignment between Sun, Moon and Earth, we understand that we rely on a reciprocal alliance between the elements and effects, the shifting winds, the exchange of heat and momentum, and the diffusing reflection of solar radiation towards the cosmic extent.
For his sixth solo exhibition at the gallery, the artist presents a series of new sculptures and installations that emerge from the artist’s ongoing Aerocene project. Aerocene was initiated by Saraceno in 2015 as an interdisciplinary artistic endeavor that seeks to devise new modes of sensitivity, towards an ethical collaboration with the Sun, the atmosphere and our environment.
The first work to engage viewers, at the gallery reading desk -- the Aerocene Float Predictor -- is a trajectory computation and visualization developed by Glenn Flierl, Lodovica Illari and Bill McKenna from MIT in collaboration with Aerocene Foundation, during Saraceno’s visiting artist residency at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST). The Aerocene Float Predictor uses wind forecast data from the US NOAA Global Forecast System, inviting visitors to generate their own fossil fuel free flight trajectories around the world, based on the wind patterns each day. Floating like this would provide an alternative to the linear vector flight of propulsion technology, replacing it with elemental choreography in the atmosphere.
Positioned next to the Aerocene Float Predictor is the Aerocene Explorer - a tethered or free-flight starter kit, which enables anyone to launch their own Aerocene solar sculpture. A tactile and engaging way of experiencing Aerocene, the backpack allows us to engage with the atmosphere. Working with different communities, the project has grown in multiple directions, collecting atmospheric data using non-intrusive, emissions-free scientific exploration tools that measure air quality, temperature, humidity, and pressure. Additionally participants can ‘hack’ the device pack to create their own lightweight sensors.