8’10” x 8′ x 8′
Image: Maren Hassinger, Steel Bodies, Socrates Sculpture Park, 2022. Image by Joyce Chan.
On View June 9, 2022 – March, 2023
New York-based artist Maren Hassinger returns to Socrates with a series of new steel sculptures following her first exhibition with the Park in 1988. Examining the complications of human interrelation and affinity, identity and collectiveness, through abstraction in the outdoors, these steel silhouettes take forms of various iconic vessels drawing types not only from her current practice, but from the ancient Western world, non-Western cultures, and various Craft traditions. Amplified to larger than human height, the public is invited to walk around and among them, experiencing new perspectives through the skeletal frame. Their proximity to one another, choreographed throughout the Park’s landscape, provides visitors a new awareness of their bodies in public and shared space.
Steel Bodies Opening Celebration—>
Thursday, June 9th | 5 – 8 PM
Join us to celebrate New York-based artist Maren Hassinger’s return to Socrates after her first exhibition in 1987. Enjoy live music courtesy of the Jazz Foundation of America and food by the vendor Gladys Bienvenida Restaurante.
untapped new york, April 27, 2022. “11 New Public Art Installations in NYC May 2022”
Queens Chronicle, April 28, 2022. “Natural and social environments at Socrates”
The New York Times, May 5, 2022. “Free Things to Do in New York, Every Day of the Week”
Maren Hassinger Bio
Maren Hassinger (b.1947) has built an expansive practice that articulates the relationship between nature and humanity. Carefully choosing materials for their innate characteristics, Hassinger has explored the subject of movement, family, love, nature, environment, consumerism, identity, and race. Wire rope has played a prominent role in Maren Hassinger’s artistic practice since the early 1970s when, as a sculptor placed in the Fiber Arts program at UCLA, Hassinger used the material to bridge the gap between the two disciplines. The artist often takes a biomimetic approach to her material, whether bundling it to resemble a monolithic sheaf of wheat or planting it in cement to create an industrial garden. Maren Hassinger is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Baltimore Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, among others.
Major support for Steel Bodies comes from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation with special thanks to Susan Inglett Gallery.