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Chelsea Light Installation Brings Attendees to the Horizon

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With hundreds of galleries in Chelsea alone, it's easy to spend the day dotting in and out of them. But the current show at the David Zwirner Gallery on 20th Street has visitors slowing down and contemplating a fully immersive work of art made of light. NY1’s Stephanie Simon filed a report.

It's hard to know what's on the artistic horizon, but a visit to the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea may be your best shot. At the gallery, artist Doug Wheeler has created a horizon installation.

"This piece is a sky piece essentially, it captures the experience that the artist has as a pilot flying from east to west in the Midwest states. So it’s really capturing the colors and the total shifts of a dawn-dusk sky,” said Kristine Bell, senior partner at David Zwirner Gallery.

But before you step inside you have to put on booties .

"If there’s a scuff 10 feet in, your eye will pick that up pretty quickly, and it will interrupt that quality of infinite space,” said Bell.

It definitely feels like you're able to approach the edge of the earth and if you step too far you'll fall off.

Simon: Clearly, there is an echo. It looks like it’s domed, is it?

Bell: Actually it’s not. What the artist is able to do with light, which is his medium, his material, is bounce it off a perfectly finished space, to give the impression that space goes on forever.

Simon: Alright I think I have found the most echoey part of the room.

Wheeler showed an Infinite Room back in 2012. More recently visitors lined up down the block for Yayoi Kusama's Infinite Room a block away at Zwirner's 19th Street location. But this is a very different experience.

"The Kusama piece, people got 45 seconds and that was pretty much to take a selfie and say they’ve been there. This work, we really want the spectators, the audience to come in, have 10, 15 minutes, longer during the week when we’re not as busy, to really meditate and experience the overall experience of the work,” said Bell.

Including the chill in the air.

"I think the idea of a very clean air, high altitude experience complements the light installation,” said Bell.

And the future looks bright ahead. This show has just been extended through April 5.

For more information, go to www.davidzwirner.com/.

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