Gallery: Julian Hoeber’s Disorienting “Gravitational Mystery Spot” Arch...

It takes a lot to faze a New Yorker, but Julian Hoeber's trippy "gravitational mystery spots" might just do the trick. Hoeber recently brought his Demon Hill #2, a room designed to give inhabitants a sense of uneasiness and vertigo to the Chelsea galleries of Harris Lieberman, and people are already lining up to experience it. The first Demon Hill architecture exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles attracted a record-breaking 17,000 visitors, so we anticipate that the sequel is a must-see.

Demon Hill #2 is a small off-kilter room that plays havoc with a person’s sense of gravity through a trick of architecture. Unlike other American gravitational mystery spots, however, Hoeber reveals the trick that makes people who walk into the room feel like they have a bit of seasickness.

Constructed almost completely out of plywood, the room is dizzying and it’s hard to know what is up and what is down. There’s a chair inside, made of the same material, and one wall has been pinched in a diamond shape. A metal frame on the outside of the room gives it tilt, which is partly what causes such a sense of disorientation. This along with some of Hoeber’s paintings and sculptures are on display until October 20th, so be sure to stop by if you can.

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Via Fastco Design


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