Come fly away!
Due to a previous postponement, Dylan Gauthier will host two unique kite performances at Socrates Sculpture Park on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. Admission is free, and the air show is part of a larger, ongoing presentation of various up-and-coming artists at the Western Queens green space.
Gauthier is currently exhibiting “Accidental Flight” as part of the EAF16: Emerging Artist Fellowship, an annual project that gives selected people the opportunity to experiment with large-scale public pieces at Socrates Sculpture Park. He is displaying a seven-by-sixteen-by-seven-foot sculpture inspired by the triangular-trussed kites that Alexander Graham Bell used to build around the turn of the 20th century.
As a complement, Gauthier has been offering monthly publications of kite patterns that visitors can take, assemble, and fly. Plus, he is facilitating monthly kite-flying shows which introduce new patterns each time.
His gig on Saturday, Jan. 21, was postponed due to the large protest march against the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump in Washington DC. Thus, Gauthier is going to present two kite-flying scores on Feb. 25. He’ll do a final one on Saturday, March 4.
Consisting of 3D-printed nylon, epoxy, aluminum, PVC-coated polyester, and braided kite line, “Accidental Flight” explores the aesthetic, conceptual, and transcendent aspects of flight, invention, and collaboration. It’s a metaphor for the world’s current ecological situation, as the grounded sculpture is unable to fly, but its design conjures up the potential of wind energy.
Gauthier – who likes to work at the intersection of new media, social engagement, and ecology — is fascinated by the way artists explore flight. He thinks inventors and contemporary artists work in similar ways as they try to get from concept to reality.
Alexander Graham Bell inspired Gauthier to create “Accidental Flight” because the inventor spent almost 20 years trying to build the first manned airplane. (He failed, but don’t feel bad for him, he also came up with the first telephone…with help from Flushing-based inventor Lewis H. Latimer.)
Photos of works by other Emerging Artist Fellowship winners are in the below gallery. On display until March 12, all these pieces relate to the park’s past, present, and future in some way. There will be a closing ceremony on Saturday, March 4.
All images are from Scott Lynch/Gothamist