BERLIN.- Tomás Saraceno’s installations shatter traditional concepts relating to place, time, gravity and traditional ideas as to what constitutes architecture. His works are utopian and invite the viewer to play a part in their impact on a particular space, as they reach up to the sky and down to the ground. The artist creates gardens that hang in the air and allow visitors to float in space, fulfilling a dream shared by all humankind. Saraceno draws inspiration from soap bubbles and the incredible strength and flexibility of spider webs.
The interests of the artist (born in 1973, in Tucuman/Argentina) are broad and he moves with confidence from place to place throughout the world. With his studio in Frankfurt, it is unsurprising that the city’s international airport plays an important role in his work. Everything he does appears to develop from a certain degree of boundlessness, motivated by an interest in the changes taking place in the world in which we live. Each of his objects invites the viewer to consider alternative forms of knowledge, feelings and our interaction with others.
The exhibition in the Hamburger Bahnhof for the first time sees approx. 20 of his balloon models go on show at one time. The exhibition gives visitors the chance to see for themselves how the hanging settlements interact with each other and the space, not merely by observing them from afar, but by actually entering them.
Tomas Saraceno was born in 1973 in Argentina and lives and works in Frankfurt. Employing techniques such as installation, sculpture and photography, the artist explores the organic conditions and structures of our world. He has had solo exhibitions at the University of California, Berkeley (2007); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2007, 2008); De Vleeshal, Netherlands (2007); Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain (2006); The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London (2006); Portikus Frankfurt (with Marjetica Potrc) (2006); and Pinksummer, Genoa, Italy (2004). His participation in numerous group exhibitions has included Psycho Buildings: Architecture by Artists, Hayward Gallery, London (2008); Greenwashing—Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2008); The Liverpool Biennial 2008, Liverpool, UK (2008); 50 Moons of Saturn: T2 Torino Triennale, Turin, Italy (2008); Brave New Worlds, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007);The History of a Decade that Has Not Yet Been Named, Lyon Biennial, France (2007); Still Life. Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial 8, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates(2007); Como Viver Junto (How to Live Together), 27th São Paulo Biennale (2006); I still believe in miracles, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2005); Project Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Bueningen, Rotterdam (2005); Dialectic of Hope, Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2005); and Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer, 50th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2003).