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Trippy Clusters of Inflated DNA at the NYC Ballet: Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO

Trippy Clusters of Inflated DNA at the NYC Ballet: Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO

Ephemerality is a core aspect of art on the streets that differentiates it from conventions of art making and collecting and displaying in institutional settings. The fact that an artist is willing to let go of their work in the public sphere is an act of courage in some way, willing for it to be entrusted to the rules of the street and the natural elements – to be painted over, damaged, taken, beaten by the weather.

That aspect of Street Art was on display during a recent installation inside the New York City Ballet as well when Turkish American artist Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO filled the modernist Philip Johnson-designed theater atrium with twisting ephemeral DNA-strand sculptures made of balloons.

Thousands of balloons.

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Much like a graffiti writer with cans running through tunnels, along train tracks and over back lots, Zincirli is specializing in a hit-and-run practice that will fade quickly. With a practice that includes public space as well as private, outdoor as well as indoor, Zencirli and team creates an engaging otherworldly moment for you to engage with for just a short time.

Inspired by the palette of an Ellsworth Kelly painting, the tens of thousands of primary colored orbs of multiple sizes were blown up in 4 hours, clustered, and strung high above the travertine, gently nestling the Carrara marble Elie Nadelman sculptures, Circus Women and Two Nudes anchoring each end of the promenade. Normally these plump and smoothed figures dominate the massive space with 4 stories of pedestrian balconies to view them in 360 degrees but on a recent frigid January evening after the performance of an often envelope-pushing ballet program, guests circulated among and above them to see their newest temporary neighbors. Some of the clusters on the floor came alive when cued by the music and began to dance, adding an additional element of trippiness to the transformation.

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Biodegradable and ranging in size from ten inches to ten feet, Zincirli’s balloons have cavorted with bodegas, health clinics, the LA Broad Museum and the occasional Frank Lloyed Wright house, each time an ephemeral flourish, an outcropping of exuberance, a temporary festooning and claiming of space before slowly and gently deflating.

As guests took selfies and swung or danced, drinks in hand, to the sounds of a DJ stationed somewhere up above, the artist swerved through the crowd on her roller skates across the travertine and beneath the colorful canopy. She, more than anyone perhaps, knew that with temporary installations like this, it is important to savor the moment.

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA GERONIMO. NYCBallet Art Series at Lincoln Center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 


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Images Of The Week: 01.26.14

Images Of The Week: 01.26.14

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BSA Images of the Week this week starts with a series of non Street Art photos because they are inside a hallowed hall of NYC high culture, namely the Phillip Johnson designed modernist building that houses the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. International Street Artist, photographer and populist JR made a splash this week here with his project that puts ballet at the center of our eye.

For the second year the ballet has featured a Street Artist to lead their new artist series (last year was the duo Faile) and we’re nominating some names for next year already. This week however, JR’s large scale photographs of the ballet company ruled on opening night as a wide variety of guests walked on them all and marvelled up close and personally with the dancers images that lay artfully throughout the room.

Some guests climbed stairs to look down upon the giant ocular piece from balconies above, and in a true spirit of interactivity some fans went the full-immersion route by laying upon the image itself,  striking a pose while friends took shots and tweeted and Instagrammed them. By the time the performers hit the stage we were all primed for the sprightly Gen Y talent to dance, and if this program by @balletnyc is successful, a new generation will also be filling the seats to see them this spring.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Ainac, Bask, El Sol 25, Elbow-Toe, JR, Pyramid Oracle, and Swoon.

Top Image >> A new piece by Elbow Toe takes flight on the street in Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

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The JR installation for his collaboration with The NYC Ballet Artists Series at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BASK new wall in Saint Petersburg, Florida. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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AiNAC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Girl Power. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. January 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR Goes To The Ballet: Dancing Across the Walls

JR Goes To The Ballet: Dancing Across the Walls

Street Artist JR has joined the ballet, or at least has become a collaborator with it.

Joining a short list of artists associated with the New York City company, and an even shorter list of Street Artists, the French photographer has been spending time in rehearsals with the performers to create these huge pasted images to greet patrons.

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JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The scale is impressive, the placement across the interior gives the place a sense of immediacy, with an echo of the transgressive to welcome guests to George Balanchine’s JEWELS, an epic performance evening consisting of three ballets: EMERALDS, RUBIES, and DIAMONDS, with music by Gabriel Faure, Igor Stravinsky, and Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky.

Here are scenes from the installation of JR’s new pieces of the New York City Ballet Art Series (Twitter @nycballet). The big opening performance? Tonight!

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JR. Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Faile Going to the NYC Ballet (VIDEO)

Screenshot of Faile video below (© New York City Ballet and Faile)

Tickets go on sale Tuesday to see Faile at the New York City Ballet – a perfectly unconventional pairing for the pair of Patricks and a hugely inspirational way to start the year by marrying the arts. The Faile tower will be unveiled at Lincoln Center in a week, and each performance of the ballet will leave you with an original piece of Faile in your hands.

Screenshot of Faile video below (© New York City Ballet and Faile)

The best part from our perspective is the very reasonable ticket price that will allow Street Art fans who have followed Faile for the last decade to have a great time at the ballet and see the art show together.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 8 at 12pm noon. For more information on New York City Ballet’s Art Series click here.

FAILE’s site is here.  Also L Magazine has an opportunity for you to win free tickets here.

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