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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 Timothy Schenck

Tishan Hsu

car-grass-screen-2 and car-body-screen-2

May 2024 – April 2025
Location

On the High Line at Little West 12th Street

A pioneer of the digital art movement, Tishan Hsu examines the cognitive and affective impact of transformative digital advances on our lives. Through the use of unusual materials and innovative fabrication techniques, his work confronts how technology has become an extension of the human body and suggests a new syntax in which an integration of synthetic biology proposes a new form of existence for our species.

For the High Line, Hsu presents car-grass-screen-2 and car-body-screen-2, two biomorphic forms constructed out of resin-wrapped foam. The cars’ shapes, with their soft edges and curved surfaces, appear entirely organic but for their glitching, screen-like skins. In the skin of car-grass-screen-2, Hsu includes a scannable QR code, which directly connects the sculptural form to both the virtual and physical realm—via the interface of the phone and the viewer’s hand holding the phone. Scanning the code prompts a video that echoes the grass and perforated metal screen featured on the sculpture’s surface, layered with peephole-style footage of grass, soil, and human skin and orifices. The ability to change the content connected to the QR code from virtual space reinforces Hsu’s interest in hybridity, in which the work is both fixed and open-ended, physical and cyber.

car-grass-screen-2 and car-body-screen-2 hover above the ground in a space of endless possibility, where the hybrid body could be anywhere and anything, like the cars, devices, and virtual worlds that we increasingly inhabit and surround ourselves with. Hsu’s work blurs the line between our physical bodies and technological interfaces, suggesting a new way in which we experience ourselves and the world around us.

Artist bio

Tishan Hsu (b. 1951, Boston, Massachusetts) lives and works in New York, New York. Hsu has held solo exhibitions at institutions including Secession, Vienna, Austria (2023/2024); MAMCO Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland (2024); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2021); Sculpture Center, New York, New York (2020/2021); MIT. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1988); and Carnegie University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1987). His work has been included in recent group exhibitions, including Together in Time: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2023); Day Jobs, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (2023) and Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (2024); Human Is, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (2023); In the Balance: Between Painting and Sculpture, 1965–1985, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (2022); Cloud Walkers, Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2022); A Gateway to Possible Worlds: Art & Science-Fiction, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France (2022); and Zeros + Ones, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2021). He has participated in major international group exhibitions and biennials, including The Milk of Dreams, the 59th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022); and Is it morning for you yet?, 58th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (2022).


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.

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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.

Tishan Hsu’s car-grass-screen-2 and car-body-screen-2 is made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts Support for Artists initiative.

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