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Tom Sachs Studio Visit

Tom Sachs Studio Visit

It seems impossible to visit Tom Sachs’ studio without feeling completely inspired.  He has created a world of possibility where space stations can exist alongside Hello Kitty sculptures and paintings in ode to James Brown.

The Space Program made its debut in 2007 at Gagosian, L.A. There, a large scale space station installation equipped with a supply of Jim Beam, Marlboro cigarettes, candles and all things necessary for the above average astronaut, made its voyage to the Moon. Below is a fabulous film documenting the 2007 Space Program by Tom Sachs and the Neistat Brothers:

In his next project, Sachs is conquering Mars.  We can only assume Mars will be the same type of experience, but, this time it will be on view at the Park Avenue Armory in 2012. Here’s a visual preview:

As you enter the studio, you must first have your picture taken and be granted a badge for access.

Rachel Coker, from the New Museum, models the evenings beverage selections. Our options: Jose Cuervo Tequila, mini Budweiser beers and Poland Spring water.

The Rehab Station where all the Space Station Tools are kept and all things are monitored.

Tom Sachs in front of his White Board

The White Board is where Sachs leads discussions on all aspects of the Space Station with his team.  Nothing is left out of these discussions which include everything ranging from technical specifications to how sexual experiences can take place on the Space Station to the type of nuts that will be served during the journey.

Space Suit

This is what the astronauts wear underneath the space suit to stay cool. There is a tube that cycles cool water through the "long john".

The space ship launch simulator.

Zero Gravity Chess set. Each chess piece has the name of either an astronaut or cosmonaut. These are available online for $10,000 on tomsachs.org

Astronaut luggage

Here are some other interesting things in his studio:

A Dive Planner painting meant to represent Sachs aversion to dating.

James Brown Painting. Sachs considers James Brown to be an inspirational source comparable to God (minus all the bad stuff).

Add a quarter and you can see the plates and bowls James Brown ate from each morning.

This sculpture is an edition of 25.

Monkey looks cuddly and sweet, but, is quite ferocious.

Napoleon hoping for the affections of Heidi Lee.

Special thanks to Toms Sachs and his studio and also the New Museum for organizing this wonderful event.

If you are interested in staying attune to all things Tom Sachs check out his website: www.tomsachs.org

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One Comment

  1. Posted July 24, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Great post Nilani! was fun going to space with you. i’d do it again but i don’t want to wear a mesh long john and never worked as a dish washer.
    see you on mars, xoHL

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