“The show is called Rio, meaning river. I observe the world with the same fascination that my daughter, Rio, contemplates the big animals in the zoo that are thirsty and hungry.” -Adel Abdessemed
If you are in NYC get over to the David Zwirner Gallery and prepare to be overwhelmed. “RIO” is the first American gallery exhibition from Adel Abdessemed.
The gallery is filled with great ideas realized in a variety of mediums. “Telle mère tel fils” (above) stretches more than sixty-five feet. The massive sculpture was constructed using three cockpits and tailfins from real airplanes. The braided fuselage is made from felt cylinders that have been inflated to maintain form.
A wide array of themes have been explored ranging from political through social and even personal limits. The multifarious nature of the work risks being classified as disparate but a strong current of the Abdessemed’s persona runs through the show like a deep river.
3 April – 9 May 2009
David Zwirner Gallery
magnificent. the conundrum of technology, nature, learning, frustration, instinct.