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Currently on display New City Art Fair in Chelsea is artist Shusuke Ao‘s installation piece “Operation A,” comprised of a flock of 2,450 originally-designed paper airplanes. The planes, which are suspended in harmony and symmetry, have been a central motif in Ao’s work since his early days as an artist. “My father was a pilot, so airplanes were a part of my life in childhood. And I loved them,” Ao once said in an interview. “But, I can’t remember what actually triggered my ongoing airplane obsession.”
The installation’s incredibly systematic arrangement embodies the beauty of industrial aesthetics, and stands as a symbol of how far our modern-day manufacturing system has taken us. And yet, at the same time, there’s something intimidating – terrifying, almost – about the sight of planes, even if they’re made from paper, dominating our skies.
The exhibition is on display through March 10, 2013 at hpgrp gallery in Chelsea.