Coming Fall 2015
Coming Fall 2015
Continuing her interest in giving visual and sensible form to the connections between people on the ground and off-planet conditions and infrastructure, Heidi Neilson will produce a series of portable antennas in the shape of giant, inflatable beach balls. The antennas—using a QFH design which combines radio, computer hardware and software—will receive transmissions from satellites, particularly NOAA satellites and fine-grained data from Meteor M2, a Russian satellite launched in July, 2014. The transmissions will be translated into images of the earth and atmosphere that can help predict weather and climate change, including sea-level discrepancies.
The antennas will be temporarily sited on different beaches throughout South Florida, over the course of a month. They will supplement our common experience of the places where land and sea meet with perspectives that exceed our bodily and often conceptual capacities; while also rendering understandable data that often explains planetary conditions in abstract form. The images generated from the satellite data transmissions will be collected in a digital off-set, on-demand book produced by Cannonball.
Heidi Neilson engages topics such as weather, fake snow, and the cultural landscape of outer space through prints, books, and public projects. Her recent work includes: the Menu for Mars Supper Club, a series of dinners envisioning Martian cuisine; SP Weather Station, where weather data-gathering instruments serve as a hub for various activities addressing earth’s atmosphere; Long Island City Sundial, which characterizes the shadow of a lone skyscraper as a giant neighborhood-wide sundial; and Ground Station, a project documenting outer space art-research with regard to radio transmissions.
Her often collaborative and publishing-based work has been presented at The Drawing Center, the International Print Center New York, the Islip Art Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, and published in The Blue Notebook, Elephant Magazine, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among many others. Her work is included in over 60 museum and university collections.
Born in Oregon, Heidi Neilson received a BA in biology from Reed College and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and lives and works in New York.
For more information about the artist, please visit: www.heidineilson.com