meow wolf always offers a new experience.
At “House of Eternal Return” in Santa Fe, three new permanent installations are ready for visitors.
Months of work have passed since the Santa Fe-based art collective announced collaborations with Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz, Lauren YS (Squidlicker), and Jacob Fisher.
According to Meow Wolf, the new halls are part of Meow Wolf’s ongoing exhibition evolution program that will provide visitors with new experiences every year.
Although the ‘House of Eternal Return’ is a permanent exhibit, it is also a living and ever-changing exhibit,” said Susan Garbett, Executive Director of the ‘House of Eternal Return.’ beyond their respective rooms, adding the creative psyches of Virgil, Lauren and Jacob to the hundreds of works already on display.The intent and experience of the entire space evolves with each new brushstroke, each new sculpture , each new touch from the hand of an artist.
Ortiz’s installation is titled “Sirens: Secret Passkeys & Portals”
It features a cast of characters from his “Revolt 1680/2180” saga – an ongoing project that Ortiz has been working on for two decades.
“Revolt 1680/2180” is a vision of a dystopian future 500 years after the Pueblo Revolt in which time travelers return to the era to aid their ancestors. They quickly round up the survivors and search for any remaining clay artifacts on the battlefields, realizing that the challenges and persecution will continue, making it imperative to preserve their clay, culture, language and traditions of extinction.
“The freedom to touch, feel, photograph and explore an immersive installation opens up many possibilities,” Ortiz said. “It challenged me to adapt to the idea of people interacting with screens, decoding patterns, listening to the soundtrack and walking through it all.”
Squidlicker, also known as Lauren YS, is an artist based in Los Angeles whose work is influenced by dreams, mythology, death, comics, love, sex, psychedelia, animation and their Asian-American heritage.
Their installation, which will be in a two-storey room accessible by a round portal from the central forest of the exhibition, is entitled “The ancestral crypt”.
Inspired by Asian prayer spaces, the hall is where viewers “can go with our queer ancestors on the ancestral plane,” according to the artist. The room has the feeling of being underground, of existing in a place that is both futuristic and ancient, with a design centered around a neo-Asian feel mixed with alien, futuristic, Western and psychedelic influences.
“Between every plane there is a liminal space – between yin and yang, body and soul, life and death, between sacred and profane, reality and surreality, past and future. , the masculine and the feminine,” Squidlicker said. “This space is meant to act as a haven of fluidity: a temple of the liminal, to bring into materiality a space for that which defies absolution. A tribute to queer, non-binary, moving, monstrous and in-process.
The installation by New York-based artist Fisher is titled ‘Until I See You Again’ and will be located in the depths of the exhibition space enveloping Space Sphere, the giant traveling interstellar ball.
“As you walk into the installation, the shape, structure, color, detail, and light grab your attention,” Fisher said. “The environment distracts your awareness from the comings and goings of the outside world, and towards the sensation of the physical – the present moment. My hope is that, for a moment, in this strange and beautiful world, you forget your efforts to order the chaos For a moment, you are filled with tranquility.
Gargett said the “House of Eternal Return” is the perfect location for these three new installations; welcoming artists who draw from nature’s infinity, dreams, ancestors and landscape and local indigenous people is a wonderful representation of our mission to inspire imagination and play.
“In the case of Ortiz’s work, history serves as a powerful lens to creatively examine us, change course, and enhance the way we appreciate art and artists,” Garbett said. “Fisher’s work offers us the opportunity to find peace in the present, and Squidlicker’s installation is a space of deep ancestral acceptance of the liminal. All of these elements combine to create some of the most powerful experiences we have offered to date.