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30th Street Challenge
Give by June 20

To meet the demands of our busiest time of the year, we ask all friends of the High Line to help us raise a total of $30,000—$1,000 for each block of our 1.5-mile-long park along Manhattan’s West Side.

Photo by Roberto Ruiz. Courtesy CA2M.

Teresa Solar-Abboud

Birth of Islands

May 2024 - April 2025
Location

On the High Line at 20th Street

Teresa Solar-Abboud creates sculptures, drawings, and videos characterized by an interest in fiction, storytelling, natural history, ecology, and anatomy. In her work, she alludes to material entities in states of transformation and the tension between the organic and synthetic, interior and exterior, gestation and birth, and embryonic and advanced. Solar-Abboud wields these tensions as a tool, not to draw binary juxtapositions, but rather to suggest that they co-exist in a quantum world, in a constant flow state of evolution. This is articulated in her work through an interest in and re-imagination of life’s diverse and sophisticated networks—cultural, geological, industrial, and anatomical—and how these systems overlap or sometimes clash.

For the High Line, Solar-Abboud presents Birth of Islands, a new sculpture in her series of zoomorphic shapes inspired by animals and prehistoric life forms. Birth of Islands, is composed of slick, blade-like foam-coated resin elements that emanate outward from the pores of a muddy, gray ceramic stump. When visiting New York, Solar-Abboud was struck by the landscape—building after building rising from the soil in a fight for prominence, just as vegetation in the forest combats for sunlight in order to survive. Birth of Islands refers to this competitive ecosystem, while also evoking human anatomy: two yellow, tongue-like emanations have seemingly tunneled their way from underground onto the High Line. The forms are spoon-like in their appearance, concave or convex, depending on one’s vantage point. The result appears simultaneously post-human and primordial, sophisticated and elementary—a representation of our own unending transformation alongside nature’s ever-evolving state.

Artist bio

Teresa Solar-Abboud (b. 1985, Madrid, Spain) lives and works in Madrid. Solar has presented solo exhibitions at institutions internationally, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal (2023); Index Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden (2019); and Institut Kunst Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2018). Recent group exhibitions include When Forms Come Alive, Sixty Years of Restless Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2024); Abundant Futures: Works from the TBA21 Collection, C3A, Córdoba, Spain (2023); Blind Faith, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2018); and La Fin de Babylone, KölnSkulptur, Cologne, Germany (2017). She has participated in numerous international art exhibitions, including the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2022); and the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2021).


Support

Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston and Charina Endowment Fund.

Major support for art and biodiversity is provided by Ruinart Champagne.

Ruinart

High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne Adams.