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Artist transforms a park in NYC into an alien landing site

A European artist has just taken a bunch of photographs from the internet and transformed them into sculptures in Lower Manhattan’s City Hall Park.

Katja Novitskova, who is now based in Berlin and Amsterdam, is an artist who focuses her attention on social issues such as technology and how media is redefining our world and our culture.

Novitskova’s latest project was part of the Public Art Fund’s 40th anniversary – a not-for profit organisation which brings dynamic and engaging art to a public audience in New York City.

This new project, a display of sculptures named Earth Potential, is Novitskova’s very first outdoor public exhibition. It opened June 22, but you have until November 9th to see the exhibition in the flesh.

The display of art speaks of technology’s place in our current social climate. The sculptures stand six to eight feet tall and are internet images that have been turned into 3-D art works. The artist uses collages of living organisms, celestial bodies, and more to share her message.

“It’s similar to how some artists use found objects,” Novitskova told Surface, adding that the exhibition looks like a mixture of real and fiction, like an “an alien landing site.”

The artist also touches on cinematic sci-fi in her work. She said, “I know the cinematic America more than the real America,” which is why these artistic pieces are such a combination of what is real and what is fantasy.

One of her sculptures in the exhibition shows our planet Earth juxtaposed with the legs of a green lizard, while another features Venus alongside a hydra – the only immortal being in existence.

Novitskova joins other artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Sol LeWitt and Jenny Holzer who have worked with the organisation prior to this project. She is also presenting another show in November called, Approximation (Storm Time), which will premiere at New York’s Greene Naftali gallery.

Via Surface

Venus and hydra

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