Invisible Sculpture On Wheels (2020~2021)

Invisible Sculptures is a series of sculptures that are invisible to eye and can only be “seen” by engaging through senses other than vision. The piece has been normally shown at museums (e.g., solo exhibition at Clayarch Art Museum) and galleries. 

During the pandemic, it became challenging to show work in indoor spaces. Online was not an alternative space for this work because of the highly experiential nature. I decided to bring my work to public spaces by myself. I put together a cart that can carry the sculpture. I brought this cart out to streets and my neighborhood park, Tompkins Square Park in East Village. I invited the park visitors to engage with the sculpture and met a lot of people that I wouldn’t have met if my work was in traditional gallery or museum spaces.

Not everyone can afford to visit galleries or museums, and many don’t even feel comfortable with such spaces, especially during this time of pandemic. I believe that art needs to be accessible to everyone and wanted to reach out to a more diverse group of audience through this experiment.

I’ve been continuosly showing in different locations in New York and South Korea. Below are some photos from the showings. More photos and videos are available by request.

[November 2020 in East Village, New York]

After the experience, the audience was invited to make what they saw with a handful of clay. The collection of the clays became a collective perception of the sculpture, created by the East Village community, while celebrating the diversity in our perception. The sculptures have been 3d scanned for future studies.

[March 2021 in GimHae, South Korea w/ Clayarch Art Museum]

Artist: Yeseul Song
Sound design: Jesse Simpson
Photo credits: Ninad Pandit, Aing Studio