Making sense: sights and smells as sculptural form at Red Bull Studios NY

Red Bull Studios New York
'BIO:DIP', the latest show to be installed at Red Bull Studios New York, features multi-sensory work from Nicolas Lobo and Hayden Dunham 
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The latest show to grace Red Bull Studios New York is a feast not only for the eyes, but the nostrils. Centred around themes of filtration and psychotropics, 'BIO:DIP' presents sensory work by Hayden Dunham and Nicolas Lobo; from large, fragrant soap sculptures atop overturned pools, to clouds of psychoactive chemicals wafting across the floor.

The exhibition is a first of its kind in the interdisciplinary project space – and for curator Neville Wakefield, who brought the show to fruition. Wakefield used Red Bull Studios New York’s connected two-floor galleries as an opportunity to pilot a show he had always wanted to do: placing two artists together and presenting their work in parallel. The result is a two-part exhibition of decidedly different pieces, intersecting on similar themes. 

Using swimming pools on loan from a factory, Lobo cast large blocks of soap mixed with physiological additives, arranging the final sculptures on top of their molds. ‘It’s about finding the relationship of the object that came from the pool and then finding how to put it back in when the pool is inside out,’ he says.

Altering perceptions was another motif of the show, as the two artists collaborated on an installation of polychromatic polarised light, intended to challenge viewers’ circadian rhythms.

Pumping through the air vents and present in the form of evaporation in the space, Dunham’s work is a continuation of recent dabbles in chemical engineering, creating pieces that seep into your system — whether you want them to or not. Attendees who came for the opening of 'BIO:DIP' were also offered ‘sensory cocktails’; vapors of infused vodka, as well as black and purple mixed drinks accented with brightly coloured flowers.

Lobo cast large blocks of soap mixed with physiological additives

Lobo cast large blocks of soap mixed with physiological additives, arranging the final sculptures on top of their molds – made from borrowed swimming pools on loan from a factory

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the fragrant soap sculptures 

A close-up shot of the fragrant soap sculptures 

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BIO:DIP', installation view of Hayden Dunham's work

On the second floor are Hayden Dunham's pieces – obtuse physical forms that generate clouds of psychoactive chemicals. Pictured: 'BIO:DIP', installation view of Hayden Dunham's work.

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Hayden Dunham's work.

Dunham also tapped into the existing heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems so that the sculptures interact with visitors through sensory transitions. The sculptures will continue to evolve and transform throughout the exhibition.

(Image credit: Cameron R Neilson.)

Solid frozen forms cycle through multiple states of ice, melted water, condensation and vapour

Solid frozen forms cycle through multiple states of ice, melted water, condensation and vapour before interacting and passing through the viewer’s body by breathing. Pictured: 'BIO:DIP', installation view of Hayden Dunham's work.

(Image credit: Cameron R Neilson.)

INFORMATION

’BIO:DIP’ is on view until 17 April. For more information, visit Red Bull Studios New York’s website (opens in new tab)

Photography courtesy the artists and Red Bull Studios New York

ADDRESS

Red Bull Studios New York
220 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

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