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#PickoftheWeek | It’s ‘Center of Attention’ Time
It’s an in-depth, monthly look into a sculpture’s heart and soul.
The Noguchi Museum will host the next Center of Attention, a guided conversation about a displaying work of art, on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3:30 p.m.
Employees and patrons will study and discuss “Okiagari-Koboshi,” a 2018 piece by Jorge Palacios. Consisting of accoya wood in a swan shape, “Okiagari-Koboshi” is named after ancient roly-poly Japanese dolls that bounce back up after being knocked down. (They wobble but they don’t fall down.)
Palacios, who was born in Madrid in 1979, specializes in sculptures for urban public spaces. Through shapes and texture, he creates movement within static pieces, especially wood composites. He then positions them in a way that interacts with audiences, thus creating more movement.
“Okiagari-Koboshi” is one of nine sculptures in the “Jorge Palacios at Noguchi Museum” exhibition, which is open until Jan. 20. Another piece, “The Singularity of the Curve,” features two perpendicular bamboo sheets connected by a long sphere that gives the illusion of pulling the sheets together. Yet another work is “Balance and Inertia,” a thin, round blob of teak and corten steel with a hole cut in its bottom, right side. All nine Palacios sculptures are integrated into the permanent installation, and most are eerily similar to some of Isamu Noguchi’s marble creations from the 1960s.
Noguchi is located at 9-1 33rd Rd. in Long Island City.
Images: Jorge Palacios/Noguchi Museum/Elizabeth Felicella