With the use of air or artificial wind in the context of galleries and museums the Mexican artist Héctor Zamora creates immaterial but physical and tectile spatial experiences. One of his most recent works is the installation ‘N NE E SE S SO O NO’ which was curated by Adriano Pedrosa.
“The geometries of moving wind become visible volumes in the work N NE E SE S SO O NO, which addresses the illusion of the natural in relation to the visibility of the wind. Eight wind cones of differing heights are blowing in the four cardinal and four secondary directions within an enclosed space. We can infer that the wind is caused by fans inside the cones, but the scene nonetheless comes as a surprise. The functionality of the wind cones is subverted with both an aesthetic and a philosophical intent. A functional object is presented in a new and surreal way: it becomes unfamiliar, and in its unfamiliarity it becomes beautiful. Perhaps the root of the strangeness of the piece is in its confinement, the pointedly closed-off environment that makes the illusion so impossible. And of course there is the mystery of the cones’ differing directions, and the unexpected quality of life that they take on due to this individuality. Is the lie of life, we wonder, in fact a lie? Or would it be a lie to say that art has no life in the first place?” (Elvia Pyburn-Wilk)