Known for her site-specific installations created with everyday objects such as toothpicks, plastic bottles, light bulbs, sponges etc., Sarah Sze represented the US with her “Triple Point” pieces at the American Pavilion as part of the 55th Venice Biennale. Today, the Bronx Museum premieres part of the installation called Planetarium.
Like the scientific model it references, Triple Point (Planetarium) addresses our desire to quantify and understand the universe, while ascribing a fragile, personal system of order. Within this work, sculpture becomes both a device for organizing and dismantling information and a mechanism to locate and dislocate oneself in time and space. Bronx viewers will have the opportunity to carefully consider every shift in scale between the humble and the monumental, the throwaway and the precious, the incidental and the essential—themes with strong relevance in the Bronx and in the world.
“A critical aspect of The Bronx Museum’s goal as the commissioning institution for the U.S. Pavilion was to give our local audiences a way to connect to this major international exhibition,” said Holly Block, The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Executive Director and a Co-Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion. “Exhibiting one of the works from the Pavilion gives our visitors the opportunity to have a live experience with Sze’s work and interact with a sculpture of international acclaim that they’ve learned about from afar. It will be an exciting culmination of this more than two-year process.”
“We are so pleased to bring Sarah’s remarkable achievement, Triple Point (Planetarium), to the Bronx as a culmination of such a satisfying Venice project,” remarked Co-Commissioner Carey Lovelace. “It has been a great experience to work with Sarah in realizing her vision at the Venice Biennale, and we are thrilled to share one of her dynamic works with audiences in the U.S.”
Triple point (Planetarium) is on display at the Bronx Museum until August 24th.