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Kelly Heaton: Circuit Garden

Five Manhattan West

February 28, 2022 - April 8, 2022

Artwork by Kelly Heaton

Curated by Common Ground Arts

Commissioned by Arts Brookfield for Manhattan West and Brooklyn Commons

Circuit Garden is a large-scale interactive sculptural installation by Kelly Heaton that depicts a circuit board enlarged to the scale of a landscape. The inspiration for this artwork comes from the vintage circuit boards of the artist’s childhood (70s), during a golden age of electronic creativity. Measuring approximately 24 feet long, the artwork is composed of brightly colored, electronic components that are sewn out of fabric and stuffed to give them a playful, friendly character. The scene takes place on green AstroTurf, evoking a circuit board as well as a grassy lawn. Situated within the garden are smaller circuit sculptures that generate life-like sounds, such as crickets and birds. These subtle and momentary sounds are triggered when a viewer comes within close distance to the installation. All of the sounds are generated by analog electronic circuitry that is made with the design principle of oscillation. The correlation between the functional electronics and the formal sculpture provides an excellent basis for a dialogue about electricity as a creative medium, as well as humanity’s complex relationship with nature.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kelly Heaton is a visual and sound artist who makes circuits that are life-like. Her work combines electronics with collage, printmaking, and sculpture to transmute static artifacts into kinetic art. Heaton is a graduate of Yale University, New Haven, CT and the MIT Media Laboratory, Cambridge, MA. She is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.

Heaton's art has been featured in exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and bitforms gallery, both in New York, NY. She is the recipient of grants from The Peter S. Reed Foundation, Creative Capital, LEF Foundation, Council for the Arts at MIT, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program. In 2001, she won the L'Oreal Promotion Prize in the Art and Science of Color for her research with physical pixels. She has been awarded residencies at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA; MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, MA; Duke University, Durham, NC; Tortuga Escondida, Akumal, Mexico; and Art Interactive, Cambridge, MA.

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450 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001-2603

Lobby of 5 Manhattan West

Date & Time

February 28, 2022 - April 8, 2022