Untitled (12 tubs), 2023Steel and reclaimed bathtubs

Images: Alexa Hoyer, Byron Guinanzaca, Joyce S. Chan

Untitled (12 tubs) is a sculptural gesture entwining the landscape with the small, intimate spaces of twelve suspended bathtubs. Facing inwards, the bathtubs create an interior space of chambers, allowing the viewer to simultaneously experience the extreme interior and exterior as the view of the Park invades the hollow piece. The bathtub, being a unit of measurement for the industrialized “average” human mass, creates a space that systematizes the human form. This duality of function, both intimate in its closeness to the body and alienating in its quantification of flesh, transforms into an architectural element as the object repeats over and over again. The bathtub-wheel carves into the air, placing frames for the body in impossible positions in space.

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Bat-Ami Rivlin talks about Untitled (12 tubs) in The Socrates Annual 2023.

Video by KMDECO Creative. Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park, 2023



Bat-Ami Rivlin is a NYC based sculptor working with found and surplus objects. Her work investigates function as an inherent part of am object’s material ontology. Rivlin holds an MFA from Columbia University, NY. Recent notable exhibitions include: COLAPSO, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Spain; EN-SITIO, Museo de la Ciudad, Mexico; whereabouts, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard; No Can Do (solo), M 2 3, New York; Untitled (inflatable house, zip ties, blower) (solo), A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn; Excess and Surplus, (two- person) Sharp Projects, Copenhagen; In/Between, New York Live Arts, New York; Performing Authorship: 31 Days in March, PS122 Gallery, New York; Battleship Potemkin, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; In Response: Leonard Cohen, The Jewish Museum, New York; It All Trembles (solo), NARS Foundation, Brooklyn. Rivlin’s work was featured in publications such as Artforum, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art, Artnet, PIN-UP Magazine, Office Magazine, The Paris Review, Public Parking, Granta, and more. She is the recipient of Two Trees BSI fellowship, A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, NADA House Studio fellowship, NYFA IAP fellowship, NARS Foundation Residency, among others.


Sep 30, 2023 – Mar 24, 2024 The Socrates Annual 2023