The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Pipilotti Rist: "Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish" opening day
This special exhibition brings together two mesmerizing works by Pipilotti Rist newly acquired by the MFAH: "Pixel Forest" (2016), an installation of thousands of hanging LED lights, and "Worry Will Vanish" (2014), a two-channel video projection that takes viewers on a dream-like journey through the natural landscape, the human body, and the heavens above.
"Pixel Forest" (2016) has been custom fabricated by Rist and her collaborator Kaori Kuwabara to span the vast space of Cullinan Hall. The installation consists of 3,000 LED lights encased in resin spheres, suspended on cables from the ceiling. Each light is controlled by a video signal so that the “forest” is constantly changing, sometimes shifting in a staccato rhythm, and sometimes in sinuous waves of color. Visitors can stroll throughout this environment, described by Rist as “a digital image that has exploded in space.”
"Worry Will Vanish" (2014), a two-channel video that runs in ten-minute cycles, will be projected onto the south and west walls of Cullinan Hall, taking viewers into a fantastic dreamscape where the body and nature become one. Rist’s filmed and manipulated footage is immediately enchanting, as glistening, dew-laced leaves give way to images of the body and its interior, vast oceans, and a starry sky. The accompanying soundtrack, created in collaboration with Anders Guggisberg, offers a lyrical and resonantly textured soundscape, heightening the video’s aura of wonderstruck celebration. Visitors are invited to recline on pillows and lose themselves in Rist’s cosmos.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through September 17.