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Flow Pool

Marie Lorenz

A photo of Flow Pool
A photo of Flow Pool

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

March 12–May 7, 2016

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On March 12th, Marie Lorenz will begin work on Flow Pool, a two-month long project that proposes the titular structure as a site for investigating questions ranging from the practical to the poetic.

Lorenz will begin by building a hydrodynamics test tank inspired by the Oblique Sea Basin at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. While this type of tank generally tests floating structures and movement around marine vessels such as ships, submarines, and robotic deep-sea vehicles, Lorenz’s pool will facilitate exploration of topics including fictional space, the staging of bodies of water in motion pictures, and the possibilities of a submerged New York City.

After construction is complete, Lorenz will invite scientists, writers, musicians, and other practitioners to conduct experiments in the tank or host events around the flow pool. On Saturdays in April, Lorenz will host Pool Parties— drop-in events where visitors are invited to bring in materials and ideas to test in the tank. Guided by the artist’s interest in floating as a transformative experience, the activities and possibilities associated with the structure will evolve and take shape over the course of the Session.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Marie Lorenz

Marie Lorenz was born in Twentynine Palms, California. Lorenz received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale. She has received grants from Artists Space, the Harpo Foundation, and the Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, from High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, to MoMA PS1, in New York, New York. She has completed solo projects at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England; Artpace in San Antonio, Texas; and at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York, New York. Her ongoing project ‘The Tide and Current Taxi’ is an exploration of the coastline in New York City.


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