Getty Station, a new Public Art Program in Chelsea

François-Xavier Lalanne "Sheep Station" at the Getty Station: owned by Michael Shvo, curated by Paul Kasmin Gallery

François-Xavier Lalanne “Sheep Station” at the Getty Station: owned by Michael Shvo, curated by Paul Kasmin Gallery

I am happy to say that I was not completely wrong in my hypothesis that the transformed Getty Station was an art platform. It is, in fact, a temporary exhibition space until Michael Shvo develops this plot into high rise luxury condos. Until construction begins and produces enough debris and noise raucous to overwhelmingly stir the tranquil atmosphere of the High Line and Chelsea (excluding Thursday Night Openings, those are potentially rambunctious), the plot will wonderfully be an open forum for public art.

Sheep Station showcases 25 of François-Xavier Lalanne’s iconic epoxy stone and bronze “Moutons.” If familiar with his work, Lalanne transformed everyday objects and animals into sculptures: he did not seek to manipulate their original perception in reality, as did artists like Claes Oldenburg who transformed objects of the everyday into dilapidated, plushy sculptures only reminiscent of original forms. Instead, Lalanne sought to demystify art by transforming animals and objects of nature into timeless sculptures that encapsulate the objects physical being. We can think of Lalanne’s Mouton Sheep as signifiers to the (signified) sheep that graze the meadows and fields on farmlands around the world.

The fantasy of this exhibition is the backdrop. What fun to transform a once busy, polluted, and loud corner of Chelsea into a beautiful, surreal landscape filled with undulating hills, populated with grazing Simulacra Sheep stoically standing about the grassy planes. I am excited to see this space utilized for art purposes until construction begins for this luxury high rise. We all know that once construction begins, the plot will be back to its raucous origins.

For more information on Marcel Duchamp, visit Artsy’s Marcel Duchamp page

THE SHEEP STATION: FRANCOIS XAVIER LALANNE, on view until October 20

THE SHEEP STATION:
FRANCOIS XAVIER LALANNE, on view until October 20

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