Artist Cj Hendry has adopted an unusual setting for her new Brooklyn exhibition – an all-white bouncy castle inspired by a psych ward.
Rorschach takes over a 3,000 ft warehouse in Dumbo and sees pencil studies inspired by the psychological inkblot test mounted on the walls of the inflatable structure. It was sewn specially for the exhibition over 12 months, and visitors must bounce their way through the labyrinthine maze – whose padded walls evoke those found in the rooms of psychiatric units – to reach them.
The artworks are said to be inspired by children’s symmetrical ‘squish paintings’, created by painting half a sheet of paper and folding it in half to form its mirror image.
‘This series is an amalgamation of Rorschach images and squish paintings, a psychological mashup of naive and sinister,’ says Hendry. ‘There is little difference between an infant and an insane adult: both have undeveloped thoughts and blissful ignorance, both live in a playful space where they have not made sense of the world.’
Rorschach runs until 21 April at 202 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn