Flying Cocktail Table
Styrene plastic, plastic, paper, faux fur, faux hay, mirror, fan
31 x 53 x 86 inches
Filmed by Vadim Aynbinder
"Flying Cocktail Table" is meant to serve drinks at social events, such as opening receptions, to allow people to enjoy and celebrate life. The sculpture "Flying Cocktail Table" represents a table lavishly decorated with cocktail party supplies, plastic glasses, and celebratory decor. Faux fur is used to create its surface, and plastic glasses are used as props for the colorful cocktail glasses. There is a disco ball above the center of the waving table that reflects circular light patterns, slowly turns around, and gives an even more vibrant and moving sensation to the table. The scattering of the lights by the surface of the disco ball creates a colorful sensation that adds to the surreal sense of the table. At the public event, participants create a circle around the installation. Two industrial fans underneath the table create a strong airflow that lifts the table into the air. This year (2022) I hosted a "Flying Cocktail Party" for my friends, which served as the inspiration for this project.
I presented the kinetic table, and poured a cocktail of apple cider, ginger beer, and vodka into the glasses on this sculpture. They drank it up, chatted, and danced. "Flying Cocktail Table" creates a luxurious ambiance where guests can engage with each other. The interactive nature of the flying tables establishes a sense of social life. Instead of having a cold relationship between the viewers and the artwork, the active interaction with the kinetic object is an integral part of the experience. The presentation of my work involves radical spontaneity.
Flying Dining Table
Styrene plastic, cotton, plastic, paper, pancake, jam, pudding, mirror, fruit, fan
31 x 43,5 x 78 inches
Filmed by Vadim Aynbinder
At the events open to the public, eight chairs are placed around "Flying Dining Table" where the public can take their seat, creating a circle out of the participants. I invite visitors and friends to use my sculpture as a dining table. Instead of having a static relationship between the viewers and the artwork, the active interaction with the kinetic object is an integral part of the artwork. Gathering around meals is an essential part of social life for people. The functionality of the flying tables establishes its importance by taking that aspect of engagement and increasing it. The project “Flying Dining Table” blends art and social practices. The questions that gave birth to this work was "What kind of fun project brings people together?" and "How is this project catalyzing synergy of the participants?" I consider the quality of the artistic product and its social impact equally important. I believe the participants feel more connected through the shared common experience, when this occurs my project is considered successful.
This summer I hosted a dinner for my friends in my home. I presented the kinetic dining table, serving crepes, marmalade, and fruits on this sculpture. This kind of dining is absolutely unique: the participants are experiencing a strong airflow coming under the table generated by two fans. Flying Dining Table creates a luxurious ambiance where guests can engage with each other. The community receives a dynamic and unforgettable experience. This work deepens connections between the participants.
Flying Burning Carpet
cotton, aluminum, wax, spray paint, industrial fans
31 x 53 x 86 inches
Filmed by John Alberico
In March of 2022, I created 'Flying Burning Carpet' made out of aluminum trays that carries 80 burning candles reflecting on the occupation of Ukraine and all countries that are recently bombed destroying many lives.
Flying Syringe Carpet 2021_60sec
aluminum, syringe, cotton, plastic, wax, gold imitation, spray paint, thread, industrial fans,
32 x 56 x 95 inches
In thinking about a fairy tale-like object that is relatable to both historical narratives and modern fairy tales such as Disney figure Aladdin, I began considering a carpet that carries hundreds of syringes. Vast amount of medicine has to be distributed across the Globe. I created 'Flying Syringe Carpet 2021', a prototype of a communal vehicle that provides transportation of the vaccines. I aim to create an environment in the gallery space where the public can experience the uncertainly trembling syringes. The carpet is assembled out of aluminum plates which are known from central places at social events serving food and snacks. The trays are decorated with 3 different kinds of gold application; gold spray, gold leaf on top of wax and gold colored aluminum plates. The red tassels on the corners can evoke bird feathers or 3 dimensional projection of the microscopic image of a contemporary virus. The carpet is hovering upside down above two industrial drum fans. The carpet only stops flying when the gallery is closed or can be automatically turned on and off during open hours.
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cotton blanket, vacuum formed styrene sheet, spray paint, 43,5 x 33 x 78 inches
Filmed by Elis Xhafa
In thinking about an object that is relatable to both Eastern and Western cultures, I began considering Flying Carpet, also an object that expresses my fantasy about flying. The yearning for a flying carpet is an ancient human desire, and flying carpets are an integral part of stories in the Eastern World. They appear in ancient Jewish texts, the Arabian tale One Thousand and One Nights, and even in Disney’s Aladdin. The carpet hovers, held aloft by two drum fans. Eight vacuum-formed and spraypainted sculptures of shoes sit on top of the carpet, feet facing forward. The digitally collaged image on the carpet includes a Pretzel advertisement, a popular Western snack. The empty sneakers and boots offer a surrealist touch as some invisible, imagined group of people ride the flying carpet. Public transportation is a ubiquitous gathering space; Flying Carpet is a prototype of a communal vehicle that provides public transportation across cultures.
UNITED PEOPLE (Mic, Globes and The Dalmatian Dog)
Filmed by Anna Fabricius