Comprising six new sculptures of Syrian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid, “Delirious Matter” is now on view at Madison Square Park in New York.
Marking the 36th outdoor exhibition organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy, “Delirious Matter” draws influence from the disrupted typologies of architecture, antiquity, and Old Master artworks as it showcases crumbling busts, dripping walls, and a voluminous fountain sculpture.
Scattered intermittently across the park, a trio of female busts, entitled Synonym, features headless figures that recall classical antiquities. Two large-scale freestanding panels—dubbed Gradiva and The Grotto— are accompanied by hedgerows to form a pocket of space that suggests the melancholic appeal of deteriorating edifices. Finally, Al-Hadid realized a site-specific sculptural bust of a female figure perched atop a fragmented mountain within the park’s reflecting pool.
Blurring the boundaries between architecture and site, new material and old technique, and interior and exterior, “Delirious Matter” will run through September 3, 2018.