Eric Heist is currently working on a body of work that considers the 1992 Biosphere 2 project in the Tucson, Arizona area. Conceived as a “closed system” in which eight participants would live together, totally enclosed, for a two-year period, the multi-million dollar project reflects Heist’s interests in conflicts that erupt when social demands collide with the desire for autonomy.
This edition, BIO2, is stenciled spray paint on mirrored paper.
The quote used in this edition is from Jane Poynter, one of the original “Biospherans”:
Sometimes we hiked the 200 feet down the stairs, through the basement to the beach, and sat looking out through the spaceframe at the stars. We would search for Mars in the night sky and contemplate how different things might be if our biosphere were suddenly transported there and we were looking, not at the tiny red speck of Mars, but at the bluish dot of our home planet.
The quote reflects the mission’s aim to provide a test base station for a colony on Mars. The desire to escape the immediate, to be elsewhere, is the impetus for this work and the project as a whole.
About the artist:
Eric Heist has shown nationally and internationally and has had five solo exhibitions with Schroeder Romero. His exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Art in America, New Art Examiner, and many other publications. Eric Heist founded and is the Director of Momenta Art, a non-profit exhibition space based in Brooklyn.