Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents the art of Tomás Saraceno. An opening art party took place on February 24, 2024. The exhibition runs through May 4, 2024.
Tomas Saraceno’s floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. The work is informed by art, architecture, natural sciences as well as engineering, For more than two decades he has explored the possibility of a future airborne existence as part of his ongoing Air-Port-City / Cloud City project – a utopia of flying metropolises made up of habitable, cell-like platforms that migrate and recombine as freely as clouds themselves. Building on the progressive proposals and theories put forth by R. Buckminster Fuller, Gyula Kosice, Yona Friedman and other visionary architects before him, Saraceno develops engaging proposals and models that invite viewers to conceptualize innovative ways of living and interacting with one another, and with their surroundings at large.
These projects grew into the international, interdisciplinary artistic community Aerocene. It seeks to create an environment free from borders, free from fossil fuels. As part of this community in 2015, Saraceno achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight. His profound interest in spiders and their webs led to the formation of the Arachnophilia team at Studio Tomás Saraceno. Thus engendering the creation of Arachnophilia.net and the Arachnomancy App.
Through these platforms Saraceno invites people from around the globe to weave the web of interspecies understanding and take part in the challenge of Mapping Against Extinction. In the past decade he has collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University, the Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum London. With an emphasis on collaborative interaction he also became the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection in existence.
Born in 1973 in Tucuman, Argentina, Saraceno currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied architecture at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in Argentina from 1992 to 1999 and received postgraduate degrees from Escuela Superior de bellas Artes de la Nación Ernesto de la Carcova, Buenos Aires (2000) and Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule-Frankfurt am Main (2003). Then in 2009, he attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA Center Ames in Silicon Valley, CA. Later that year, he received the prestigious Calder Prize.
Saraceno also presented two major installations at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. It was part of the group exhibition, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff. Additionally, in 2009, he was included in the 53rd Venice Biennale as part of the group exhibition, Fari Mondi//Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birnbaum.
His work is presently represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Miami Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada, among others.
On view: February 24 , 2024 – May 4, 2024
What: Tomás Saraceno
Where: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Los Angeles, 1010 North Highland Avenue, LA, 90038
When: Running through May 4, 2024