Preview: Tom Sachs "Space Program Mars" at the Park Avenue Armory Opens Tomorrow

By - Monday, May 14th, 2012

Following his initial plan to launch his ‘Space Program: Mars ‘, Tom Sach’s collaborated with Nike Sportswear to bring his technical clothing aesthetic, garments that are constructed out of unlikely materials, to fit his spaced out concept for the ‘Space Program: Mars’ exhibition, taking place at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC from tomorrow night, May 15th until Sunday, June 17, 2012. The show was organized by Park Avenue Armory and Creative Time and is curated by Creative Time President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak and Park Avenue Armory Consulting Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds. “Artist Tom Sachs takes his SPACE PROGRAM to the next level with a four week mission to Mars that recasts the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall as an immersive space odyssey with an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted sculptures. Using his signature bricolage technique and simple materials that comprise the daily surrounds of his New York studio, Sachs engineers the component parts of the mission—exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape—exposing as much the process of their making as the complexities of the culture they reference. With the recent shuttering of NASA’s shuttle program and the shifting focus towards privatized space travel, SPACE PROGRAM: MARS takes on timely significance within Sachs’s work, which provokes reflection on the haves and have-nots, utopian follies and dystopian realities, while asking barbed questions of modern creativity that relate to conception, production, consumption, and circulation.” In 2007, Tom Sachs used everyday materials to painstakingly build a 1:1 model of the Apollo lunar probe and stage a moon landing within the confines of the Los Angeles branch of Gagosian Gallery, complete with mission control monitors relaying footage of the astronauts in space suits. Tomorrow, Sachs’ will show the product of his latest project, Space Program: Mars. The project will be materializing his blooming allure with the humanly challenges, ingenuity, and wonder of space travel even further. This massive performance-installation is shaping up to be the most talked about NYC public art installation since Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls and perhaps even Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates.

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