ANTIGRAVITY: Space Invaders by Shasti O’Leary Soudant

On view April 1, 2023 – February 2024

ANTIGRAVITY: A Space for Contemporary Perspectives is an exciting series of site-specific art installations in the entry of The Rockwell. Each spring, a contemporary guest artist will create an original work of art in response to The Rockwell’s collection. This new, unusual exhibition space greets each guest, provoking curiosity and reflection about art from the moment you enter the building.

Artist Shasti O’Leary Soudant will transform the Museum’s rotunda with a site-specific installation called Space Invaders. The whimsical and colorful sculpture alludes to the insidious and invasive nature of modern surveillance implemented through our online social media interactions and business transactions that take place in “The Cloud.”

Shasti O’Leary Soudant is a multidisciplinary artist, sculptor, designer and writer whose large‐scale, colorful public art is inspired by humanist, philosophical, political, and scientific concepts. This work is developed in collaboration with the community, designed to invite engagement and interaction, and involves hidden systems, power dynamics, human relationships, balance and hegemony. Soudant was born in New York City, raised in Europe, dropped out of Music & Art High School in Manhattan, received her BFA in Sculpture and Photography from Purchase College, and finally, obtained her MFA in Visual Studies at The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2011, where she is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Design.

Fabrication generously provided and supported by Rigidized Metals Corporation of Buffalo, NY.


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