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Out of Disorder (Coney Island) 2012 by Takahiro Iwasaki.

Out of Disorder (ConeyIsland) 2012 by Takahiro Iwasaki. Asia Society Museum, thru April 26, 2015

The 150-foot tall steel Wonder Wheel inspired Takahiro Iwasaki’s ethereal ten-inch tall sculpture made of fibers pulled from the beach towels on which it is perched! The miniature landscape also includes neighboring Coney Island landmarks the Parachute Jump and Cyclone.

Created in 2012 during the Hiroshima-based artist’s International Studio and Curatorial Program residency in Brooklyn, “Out of Disorder (Coney Island) 2012” is among the works on view at Asia Society in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. A newly commissioned piece created from kimono fibers takes its inspiration from a pair of 17th century Japanese folding screens from the Asia Society Museum Collection and will be shown alongside the six-panel screens.

Asia Society Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am-6pm and on Friday from 11am– 9pm. General admission is $12, seniors $10, students $7, and admission is free for members and persons under 16. Free admission Friday evenings, 6pm – 9pm.

“Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus,” January 27 thru April 26, 2015 at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue New York, NY, 212-288-6400

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Inversion by Joseph Zito

Inversion, 2012 by Joseph Zito. Studio view © Joseph Zito via http://www.josephzito.com

In the catalogue for Joseph Zito’s current exhibition at Lennon Weinberg, a mechanized sculpture resembling the ghost of a kiddie airplane ride appears with a quote from Kierkegaard: “Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards.” In the gallery, Inversion, turns oh so slowly, in reverse, to the musical accompaniment of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, played backwards. Constructed of hydrostone, steel, aluminum, and a motor, this otherworldly and evocative piece is thirteen feet in diameter. On the wall, Untitled (Clock), which looks like a model for a kiddie boat ride, also operates counter-clockwise.

Joseph Zito was born in 1957 in Brooklyn where he lives and works. The exhibit, which opened in June, closes this Saturday.

Joseph Zito: “Tempus Fugit, New Sculptures and Works on Paper,” through September 14, 2013 at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., 114 West 25th St, New York, NY. Phone 212-941-0012.

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Takahiro Iwasaki

Out of Disorder (ConeyIsland) 2012 by Takahiro Iwasaki. Courtesy of C24Gallery

The 180-metric ton Wonder Wheel inspired this ethereal ten-inch tall sculpture by Hiroshima-based artist Takahiro Iwasaki. Along with neighboring Coney Island landmarks the Parachute Jump and Cyclone, the piece is on view at C24 Gallery in Chelsea through August 24. Titled “Out of Disorder (Coney Island) 2012,” the miniature models are made of fibers pulled from the beach towels on which they are perched!

“Takahiro Iwasaki builds exquisite, intricate, almost impossibly tiny structures, associated with industrial society and faith traditions on micro landscapes (of towels and other domestic fabrics) that seem one breath away from destruction,” according to the gallery’s release for the group show “Becoming: Worlds in Flux.” Curator Melissa Keys and all of the artists were 2012 residents at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn.

“Becoming: Worlds in Flux” through August 24, 2012 at C24 Gallery, 514 West 24th Street, New York, NY, 646-416-6300

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