Bau(ncy) Haus

Jimmy Kuehnle
2018

Ambiental Installation

Enter a fantasy world where you can playfully defy the rules of classical physics. This independent inflatable maze, with its curves and corners that are mysteries in themselves, invites the viewer to enter a network of tubes of varying sizes, promising a new adventure with each turn and immersing them in a unique experience without trapping them. The inflatable structure comes to life through a symphony of LED lights with orchestrated sequences that dazzle the senses and sometimes go completely dark, only to burst forth from the darkness. The lights bring various designs and animations to life, depending on the viewer’s perspective. The essence of this structure lies more in the spectators than in the structure itself. Without their curious spirit and eagerness to explore, this work is just a rolled-up fabric with great potential but no soul. It is the audience that breathes life into it, creating memories that are etched into social media long after leaving the exhibit.

 

Biography

Jimmy Kuehnle has exhibited in the United States and internationally. In 2014, he was selected to be part of the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In 2015, he installed a large dynamic inflatable structure in the courtyard of MOCA Cleveland as part of the group exhibition How to Remain Human. His 2016 solo exhibition at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York, was well received by critics from The New York Times and was featured in “The Approval Matrix” section of The New York Times, among other acknowledgments. That same year, his enormous inflatable structures at the Akron Art Museum, called Wiggle Giggle, Jiggle, received a lot of reviews, and later, in 2019, the artist opened Wow, Pop, Bliss, an exhibition featuring four new interactive inflatable structures at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina. Kuehnle is a Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media at the Cleveland Institute of Art and earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kuehnle obtained a Fulbright scholarship to study and conduct research on public art in Japan.

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