As part of its ongoing series of commissions for the Stairwell, The Drawing Center has asked New York artist Inka Essenhigh to create a site-specific wall drawing. Essenhigh’s installation will be the third in the series, following Gary Simmons’s Ghost Reels (2016–18) and Abdelkader Benchamma’s Dark Matter (2015–16).
An artist with appetites ranging from Hokusai to Surrealism and Byzantine icons to graphic novels, Inka Essenhigh is known for her hallucinatory scenes that weave together the drama of everyday life with quasi-menacing, sci-fi themes. For her installation at The Drawing Center, Essenhigh will create a large-scale drawing of a meandering skyline, a reference to the museum’s downtown space. Essenhigh’s otherworldly installation will lead viewers through a warped SoHo, replete with phantom hallways and Escher-like staircases.
Organized by Brett Littman, Executive Director.
Image: Inka Essenhigh, Drawing for long-term installation at The Drawing Center (detail), 2016.