Claudia Wieser’s constellation of five large-scale geometric sculptures creates an immersive environment for exploration. Each form differs in size, shape, and pattern, and combines painted, photographic, and mirrored details to create vibrant compositions that highlight the dynamism of the city and its people. Ranging between seven and 13 feet in height, the sculptures are clad in more than 1,500 clay tiles that were hand-painted by the artist in her Berlin studio. Wieser (b. 1973, Freilassing, Germany), who trained as a painter, leaves traces of her meticulous brushstrokes in each attentively-designed tile. Highly polished stainless-steel details reflect the surroundings and movement of visitors. Recognizable image fragments that capture the pulse of the city are featured alongside the patterned tiles. They include photographs taken by the artist in New York, slides of a German family trip to the city from the 1980s that she found online, and reproductions of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures—together, they reflect the parallel experiences of humans throughout time.
Clustered at the iconic vista where the Manhattan Bridge frames the Empire State Building, Wieser’s Rehearsal may be seen as both a meeting place and a theatrical set that hearkens back to ancient Roman forums—public spaces for assembly, interaction, and the exchange of ideas. Her title draws attention to the interplay between visitor and artwork to suggest something still in process and ever-evolving. Inviting both exploration and reflection, Wieser offers a moment to immerse ourselves and play a role in her mesmerizing sculptural installation.
Claudia Wieser: Rehearsal is curated by Public Art Fund Associate Curator Katerina Stathopoulou.
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