Art Basel & Miami Art Week is the epicenter to display creativity in The United States, and as visitors from all over the world flock to Miami to spectate, artist Stefano Ogliari Badessi creates public installations that provide an interactive sensory experience.
Stefano Ogliari Badessi, determined to show the world that art has the power to change the landscape, has partnered with Swire Hotels to provide EAST, Miami with an impressive Balloon Installation on the 40th floor at Sugar, the hotel’s rooftop bar & garden. The installation will be accessible to ICA and Bass Museum members and VIPs during the opening event at Sugar on December 4th, 6pm - 9pm, where guests will also be treated to special performances by Yoli Mayor and DJ Jared Coetzee.
The installation will be open to the public on December 5th, and throughout Art Basel & Miami Art Week during regular business hours at Sugar from 4pm-close. This balloon will change the Brickell Skyline serving as a beacon putting D.A.M. & EAST, Miami in the international headlines as pioneers in supporting art in public spaces.
It has been five years since Italian Artist Stefano Ogliari Badessi impressed the world during the 56th Venice Biennial with Red Emotion, and a year since making his American debut with another ephemeral site specific installation, Inner Space, during Art Basel 2016.
This year, Badessi is not only transforming Miami with a balloon installation atop the 40th floor of the iconic EAST, Miami, but also at the Scope Art Fair. The prestigious Scope Art Fair is located on 8th and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, where 3,000 daily fair attendees will be able to interact with the installations. At night, viewers will see the illuminated installation brightening the Miami Beach landscape with his dream-like art. Limited editions of the sculptures will be available for purchase in the Directed Art Modern’s booth at Scope Art Fair. After each installation, Badessi deconstructs his balloon art and turns them into sculptures.
Badessi produces visual feats that resonate with the public in a way few artists ever have.
“Badessi’s work makes us all part of the dialogue. These aren’t balloons but rather dreamy landscapes, the kind that are universally understood and encourage community participation.”Valeray Francisco, D.A.M. curator
Stefano Ogliari Badessi is a nomadic installation artist. He has adapted his creations to be mobile and easily- transportable, giving him the freedom to pack up and take his art to any remote corner of the globe. Each of his installations is first imagined as a fantasy to touch some alternate sphere of reality and then realized using unique sensory combinations and performance collaborations.
A large part of what makes Stefano’s art unique is his ongoing study of materials. One of his biggest, and most gratifying, challenges is finding the most mundane material and transforming it into something sensational. Most recently, he has used plastic bags and wrap to construct immense inflatable installations. Stefano’s installations become the sum of sensations experienced inside the created space- sensual, ethereal, incorporeal, universal and illuminating.
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