Don't do drugs, do Carsten Holler! The latest installation at The New Museum on Bowery and Prince In NYC will. trip. you. out. I should have seen this coming from Holler all along. I mean, dude is a scientist with a doctorate in biology, and his penchant for experiments has been brewing for quite some time. I realized this when I first saw Holler's mushrooms at Gagosian in Beverly Hills last year and again when I saw the giant Holler mushroom at the Centre Pompidou on my last Paris visit. Holler is fascinated with distorting reality and these psychedelic mushrooms are the perfect symbol for his fascination.
Holler's giant mushroom in Pompidou's permanent collection in Paris.
It was only a question of time before Holler took it upon himself to distort our reality with a 4 story, interactive exhibit. Using everything from flashing lights, a 100+ foot slide and a slow moving carousel to handing out goggles that turn everything upside down, Holler 's exhibit is an amusement park for the senses. Make sure that you are in tip-top shape when you visit, because everyone participating must sign a waiver and enters at their own risk! Even though I left feeling dizzy after too much time with the flashing lights, my trip to the New Museum left me feeling like I had accomplished something big, like I just got home from walking on the moon.
Justine Freeman learned to appreciate art from the time she was a girl running around her grandmother's famed art collection. She believes that art does not have to be beautiful if it evokes feelings or new ideas. The beauty is that one single work can distort the way you see the world. Betty Freeman, who the art community still respects and talks about today for her fantastic estate collection, put herself in charge of Justine's culture. For this, Justine has remained forever grateful. She wants nothing more than to pass on this exuberant love and appreciation to her readers.