Esther Solondz Press Release


The Slow Vast Heave of Matter

That Just Floats in the World

February 1 – 23 at Gallery NAGA


In February, Gallery NAGA's exhibition space will be occupied by Esther Solondz's complex and ephemeral installation The Slow Vast Heave of Matter That Just Floats in the World.

The Slow Vast Heave of Matter That Just Floats in the World is on exhibition from February 1 through 23.  A reception for the artist and the public will be held at the gallery on Friday, February 1 from 6 to 8 pm.

The continuing evolution of Esther Solondz’s fascination with and experimentation with materials that transform is expressed in her new work.  For the past ten years, she’s worked with substances that, over time, turn themselves into something else: dripping salt water that forms stalagmites, iron filings that rust to leave a suggestive half-here, half-there image.  This installation is comprised of materials—steel, thread, and silicon rubber—one might assume would transform or dissolve, but in fact are much more stable.

The Slow Vast Heave of Matter That Just Floats in the World is an installation made up of structures hanging from the ceiling, propped on pedestals, and slowly rotating from the ceiling with fabric drifting between them.  The structures are made out of steel then wrapped in thread and then coated in silicon rubber.  Some are so tall and precarious while others are so heavy with dripping silicon they look as if they might topple over at any moment. 

The overall feeling of the work is one of weightlessness.  Some structures appear as if they have just arrived and others appear as if they might be on their way to another plane of existence.  They hover, held up by string, or float on sheer fabric.   "I was trying to make structures that paradoxically had the most minimum amount of structure.  Impossibly light, which of course was impossible.  I kept thinking I wanted them to have no structure at all - that they could be released from the constraints of the materials that were necessary to hold them up.  I tried to counterbalance the grounded weight with structures that were tethered from above.  Together I felt that they created some kind of equilibrium - a delicate balance, a fragile beauty, akin to floating,” Solondz says.

Images of work to be exhibited by Esther Solondz can be seen as of February 1 at