Australian artist CJ Hendry’s latest New York exhibition is taking place inside a warehouse that she has converted into a squishy psychiatric ward. The space has been taken over by 3,000 square-foot bouncy castle, complete with padded walls and floors, housing a series of colourful paintings inspired by Rorschach inkblot tests. The psychological tests, created by Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach in 1921, analyse people’s personalities and emotions.
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When entering Hendry’s padded gallery, visitors must replace their shoes with Rorschach branded socks, so as not to puncture the space. Unlike the black and white tests from the 1920s, Hendry’s 2019 versions are colourful, adding fun and colour into science, just like she has done by inflating a hospital ward and converting it into a bounce house.
Each of Hendry’s paintings has been named after a horror movie, with artworks titled American Psycho, The Gift and Clockwork Orange – making the experience both fun (with the bounce effect and bright colours) and sinister (taking place in a psychiatric ward).
RORSCHACH is on view in New York City until 21 April 2019
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