Paraíso by Natalia Stuyk

12:00 PM

Today I wanted to share with you a tiny little art installation in... a shoe store. I went to New York for a very short trip to visit some friends last weekend and while I wasn't exactly planning anything specific to do (especially since car troubles made a pretty big dent in my finances) I did stumble upon this free art exhibition on Instagram and knew it was something I wanted to pop in and see. Housed in Melissa NY among the shoe sales is... a gallery! Who knew?

Paraíso by Natalia Stuyk is her first solo exhibition AND her first ever installation in the US. It features a mix of digital and tactile pieces. Her primary medium is video animations made up of infinite loops and saturated colors. However, for this exhibit she brought the videos to life placing 3D objects made from the images within the animations alongside it. The result is a dreamy, otherworldly experience. When you first enter the store you walk down a runway that narrows out to the door front. Surrounding you are screens flashing colorful moving geometric shapes. It feels like a cross between stars in space or driving through snow storm during a dark night with the flakes rushing at you.

Throughout the store there are star like shapes above made of dichroic film. There is also a small room to off the side filled with ceiling to floor mirrors while the 3D shapes gently move and shimmer under bright lights. It has a bit of an Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama vibe without the long waits.

The artist describes Paraíso as being about summer and escapism: a visual manifestation of feeling too hot to move and not caring about it. The colors and the way the reflect light are meant to be reminiscent of the ocean. To be perfectly honest, if I could I would have sat under those glittering shapes for hours completely mesmerized.

The exhibit will be up through till the end of Summer so if you find yourself in the Soho area definitely pop in and check it out, get yourself a cool mirror selfie among the stars. Also check out this interview with the artist!

Galeria Melissa NY
500 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Mon- Fri: 10 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 7PM 


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