Drift’s work will be on view at three special New York City Ballet Art Series Performances on January 27, February 3-9. Performances will take place in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York.
Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta are DRIFT. Along with a multidisciplinary team, they create experiential sculptures, installations, and performances, uniting audiences with moments that inspire a reconnection to our planet.
Their installation for this year’s Art Series curates their Shylight into a site-specific, performative sculpture, uniting the movement of industrial motors with silk, multi-layered chalice-like structures that move with the grace of a dancer in natural choreography with the goal of finding live emotion and personality in an inanimate material. With custom choreography supervised by the artists themselves, Shylight’s unpredictable, natural-looking movements become an object that feels alive as it descends to blossom in all its glorious beauty, to subsequently close and retreat upward again.
DRIFT has been exhibited at Centre Pompidou (2022), The Shed (2021), Stedelijk Museum (2018), Pace Gallery (2017), Biennale di Venezia (2015), and Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015), amongst others. Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, SFMOMA, Stedelijk Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2014, Drift was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice.