MoMA PS1, Long Island City

MoMA PS1 | 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46 Ave., Queens
NY 11101 Long Island City

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On June 20 a central stairwell at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center will be transformed into a vertical chamber of red light and mirrors. Extending through three floors of the building, Stigmata by Claude Lévêque evokes the atmosphere of a nightclub or disco, imbuing it with the possibility of transcendental experience.

Beginning with intense red filters, Lévêque covers the large windows in the stairwell causing the natural light to seep through in a deep blood-red glow. He then stretches reflective mylar across the ceilings of each landing, creating a sequence of mirrored surfaces. Strips of spiked plastic lights suggesting the form of viruses extend vertically through the space, pulsing on and off in a linear sequence, repeated infinitely by the mylar screens. A soundtrack of simple percussion echoes the rhythmic movement of the lights.

Claude Lévêque’s work reveals the spiritual possibilities of cultivated environments through a sophisticated sensitivity to elements of design, architecture, and urban space. Combining spotlights, gleaming white tile, chains, and short phrases such as “The World’s a Game,” or “Game’s Over,” Lévêque creates installations whose impact is unfamiliar and indescribable.

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Claude Lévêque