Flying Cocktail Table

Styrene plastic, plastic, paper, faux fur, faux hay, mirror, fan

89 x 55 inches

Filmed by Vadim Aynbinder

After creating 3 flying carpets, I decided to stick to the idea of the flying objects but make them more interactive, so the audience and my collaborators can play with them. The sculpture "Flying Cocktail Table" represents a table lavishly decorated with cocktail party supplies, plastic glasses, and plastic bottles. I have already started to research party supplies and objects to integrate them on the surface of a hovering plastic sheet.

Faux fur is used to create the surface of it, 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 changes colors, 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, consisting of hundreds or thousands of facets adds to the puzzling sense of the table.

Flying Dining Table

Styrene plastic, cotton, plastic, paper, pancake, jam, pudding, mirror, fruit, fan

74 x 36 inches

Filmed by Vadim Aynbinder

The sculpture "Flying Dining Table," brings the energy of a surreal object as it hovers above two ongoing industrial fans. Its surreal quality is derived from the fact that it is hard to decode if the table is a prank or really for the function of dining. The work raises the question of what is functional and what is a theatrical play. The "Flying Dining Table" is an elaborately created installation. Little plastic pieces are resting on a styrene plastic sheet symbolizing a table. On the "table," there are plastic plates with scattered fragments of vinyl stickers with ornamental patterns commonly seen on porcelains. The "Flying Dining Table" is meant to serve real food at social events, such as opening receptions, to allow people to enjoy and celebrate life.

Gathering over meals and drinks 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 bringing it up a notch. These many art forms come together to create total art. Instead of having a cold relationship between the viewers and the artwork, the active interaction with the piece becomes an integral part of the artwork.

Flying Burning Carpet
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 Carpet 2021_60sec

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.

FLYING CARPET (styrene sheets, spray paint, cotton, drum fans)
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