But I felt uneasy when I thought of clouds…
It was fine when I contemplated the great ocean!
But I felt uneasy when I thought of waves…"
– Tibetan Buddhist Milarepa
Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Mother Sky including works by Björn Braun, Jay Heikes, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, and Thiago Rocha Pitta. Through a variety of media that range from watercolor and fresco to sculpture, the featured artists explore subtle changes in the natural world, the tension of fleeting moments, and the sublime. Mother Sky will be on view September 1 – October 6, 2018 at Boesky West, the Gallery’s 100 S Spring St, Aspen location.
The title of the exhibition, Mother Sky, is drawn from a new series of painted screens by Jay Heikes in which he depicts cloudy skies in vibrant and unnatural colors of copper and violet. Mother Sky refers to the title of the 1969 song by the German experimental rock group Can which influenced Heikes’s latest works along with writings by the Tibetan Buddhist Milarepa. When describing this new series, Heikes references Milarepa’s unease when thinking about clouds on a perfect blue sky, saying that he instead regards clouds as soothing. He states “Maybe I was always more comfortable with the unease and distraction contained in fluffy clouds but was just ashamed to illustrate it because of its perceived decorative nature. Yet for so many generations of artists reaching for the sublime was an avant-garde call to arms that appeared irresistible.”
Heikes’s works on the first floor will be juxtaposed with Thiago Rocha Pitta’s sublimation, condensation, and precipitation, a new triptych representing the delicate processes of solids becoming gas and gasses becoming liquid. Rocha Pitta’s diverse practice is connected to a deep fascination with the subtle transformations of the world around him—the slow erosion and alteration of desert terrain, the descent of fog, and the fluctuations of underwater formations. His work captures the subtleties of the natural world, the slow changes of materials, the physical progressions of miniscule segments of land, and sudden shifts in the weather.
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