Alright, imagine strolling into this art show by Delcy Morelos at Dia Art Foundation in New York. It’s kinda like walking into a dream, she says. No bright lights, just enough to make you feel like you’re in a dreamland. And it’s so quiet you can practically hear your thoughts. Morelos wants you to experience it, not just by looking or touching but also by taking in the scents.
The Dark and Mysterious Setup
She keeps it dark on purpose to create this dreamy vibe. When you first step in, it’s like staring into nothingness. But hold up, there’s more to it. The whole place smells like cinnamon and cloves – a little nod to Colombian harvest rituals called ofrendas. Morelos, who’s from the same region, uses these scents as her way of saying thanks to Mother Earth. It’s like entering a chill, sacred space where the earth is all about that feminine energy.
Changing It Up with the Seasons
This place isn’t a one-trick pony. “Cielo terrenal” isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it kinda deal. It changes with the time of day and the seasons. Artificial lights step in when the daylight is playing hide and seek. As your eyes get used to the dimness, you start seeing things. There’s this thick layer of stuff made from black soil, water, cinnamon, and cloves. Plus, you’ll catch glimpses of materials from past Dia installations. It’s like a blast from the art past, reminding us that even what was once considered garbage can shine in a new spotlight.
Morelos vs. Dia’s Art History
Dia Art Foundation has this rep for being all about Minimalism and Land art, mostly by white dudes. But Delcy Morelos isn’t having any of that. She brings in a different vibe – a touch of femininity, some minimalist silence, and an atmosphere that lets you interpret things your own way. “Cielo terrenal” is her way of shaking things up, offering a feminine sculpture with feminine energy.
Black Soil and Deep Thoughts
The whole exhibit is bathed in black soil, giving a nod to Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square,” which is like the OG monochrome thing in Western modernism. Morelos sees her work as the ruins of Minimalism, like what future archaeologists might find at Dia Beacon a thousand years from now.
Life, Death, and the Down-to-Earth Sky
Why black soil, you ask? Morelos explains it’s her way of dealing with her father’s passing. The piece is called “Cielo terrenal,” hinting that maybe heaven isn’t up there – it’s right here where we transform into other forms of life. The painted soil stops at the exact level Hurricane Sandy’s water hit in 2012, linking it to the floods in the Colombian Amazon. It’s deep, it’s dark, and it’s a whole vibe.
So, if you’re up for more than just looking at pretty art, “Cielo terrenal” is your jam. It’s a full-on experience – you’re not just observing, you’re diving into a world of scents, sights, and some serious contemplation about life’s twists and turns.