Isabel Nolan, A Thing Is Mostly Space

Launch Pad New York, NY, USA

25 September – 4 October 2015

Site-sensitive commission

Launch Pad, the London based commissioning art series, will make its debut in New York City in September at the invitation of arts philanthropist Laura Taft Paulsen, with a newly commissioned sculpture by Dublin-based artist, Isabel Nolan.

In keeping with previous projects, the new Launch Pad commission is “site sensitive” to the collector’s home and in this case, the environs of TriBeCa. Following the precedent set by the founder in London, Nolan will reside with the collector for a “reconnaissance” visit as well as for the duration of the installation and the public viewing period of the exhibition.

Isabel Nolan (b. 1974, Dublin) makes work driven by intellectual ambition and the care for crafting material. Science, art, history and literature often serve as points of departure, as she circumnavigates her way to a result that is unpredictable but very distinct to Nolan’s sensibility. Her practice includes sculpture, fabric-hangings, paintings, texts and works on paper. In concert they work to elucidate a consistent line of inquiry into the fundamental question of how meaning is produced.

For Launch Pad NYC, Nolan will create an outdoor piece, a “barrier” that will simultaneously disrupt and activate the outdoor spaces. Taking cues from the architecture of the building itself, the work is a sophisticated iterative play on the arch, a form famously characteristic of the cast iron Italianate buildings of Tribeca.

This architectural “barrier” will bring its eccentric logic to the garden. It is a work that affords new experiences of the terrace and the sweeping views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.  Constructed in steel and hand-painted its form and colour responds directly to the shapes, shades and light of its environment. This sculpture has the beauty, potency and purposeful materiality that distinguishes Nolan’s work.

On Tuesday 29th September from 6.00-8.00pm, Launch Pad and Taft Paulsen will host an In-Conversation between the artist and Kelly Baum, Curator of Postwar and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.


To attend the talk or view the commission, please email: Viewing times daily 3-6 pm. Booking is essential.

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