Ben Schumacher – DS + R and the bar at the Orangerie

<em>installation</em> view, Ben Schumacher

installation view, Ben Schumacher

 

Titled “D S + R and the bar at the Orangerie”, Ben Schumacher’s first solo show at Bortolami includes a collaboration and exchange with New York based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro; an employee from the firm will work in the gallery for the duration of the show, restoring early models from competitions and realized projects. At the office of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Schumacher installed several works available to the public through images.
The exhibition is an interconnected weaving of different elements: beside the architectural models and the employee’s desk, there are marble sculptures of cable management racks; lights made from reconfigured Ikea fixtures wrapped in handmade leather sleeves; a series of free-standing glass sculptures with three-dimensional composite prints and vinyl imagery; small figurative paintings; still packaged Ikea shelves set in plexi boxes with inserted rapid prototypes; functioning tablet screens set into marble slabs. The diverse elements form a fluid, layered effect, both in the exhibition as a whole, and in the individual works.
The title refers to the architecture of modern modes of information transmission, comparing the contemporary use of data centers as storage to the cultivation of foreign plants year-round in orangeries. The greenhouse acts as a chassis for the preservation of botany that could otherwise not be sustained locally, rendering fruit available regardless of season or location, just as the internet provides immediate global information, available at the same time everywhere. Looking at the Orangerie as the 20th century architectural space for cultivation and storage, the gallery becomes a metaphor for the internet “cloud”, a hub of communication and data storage.

Bortolami gallery – 520 W, 20th street, New York
February 22 – March 30, 2013 

<em>installation</em> view, Ben Schumacher

installation view, Ben Schumacher

 

<em>installation</em> view, Ben Schumacher

installation view, Ben Schumacher

 

<em>installation</em> view, Ben Schumacher

installation view, Ben Schumacher

 

installation view, Ben Schumacher

installation view, Ben Schumacher

 

 

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