Verge I

w2.5’ x h2.5’ x d2’/ steel, pvc

Verge Series 2008

Studying growth ratios, tension, and dimensions, in this work I explored ideas about integrating the object into the architectural space of the gallery. These pieces are imbedded in the wall, and in these inner spaces are metal wire weavings of patterns using the golden ratio.
Resonant Sphere 17” diameter/ pvc, steel

Verge Series II

These pieces are part of the Verge Series created in 2008. This work is an exploration of the magnetic oil, ferrofluid, consisting of small particles of iron floating in a surfactant. The fluid spikes-up when it is in contact with a magnet showing the path of the magnetic field. Ferrofluid’s magnetic suspension and attraction, tension, and order seem constantly on the verge of chaos and unpredictability. This natural persistence of order inspired me to create a series of sculptures called Verge, where I explored tension, growth ratios, and order.

Observation Lens: A h7”x w5”x d6”/neodymium
magnets, ferrofluid, aluminum, pvc, glass

Liquid Ring Pod 17” diameter/ pvc, ferrofluid, aluminum

Here a current of air pushes the magnetic liquid, as it continually rearranges itself back towards is magnetic alignment, resulting in a tense vibration of the liquid between forces.

Make Your Own Luck

Make your own Luck /found objects

Improvised installation in an empty room at the second floor of P.S.1, NYC Collaboration with Hagit Barkai. In 2009 Hagit Barkai and I were visiting P.S.1 and as we strolled through the galleries on the second floor, we found an empty room. I immediately saw the opportunity to make a guerilla installation. Luckily we found a ladder stored in a cubby of the room. We flipped it and Hagit pulled out two cigarettes and wrote on the wall- "Make your own luck."

N Freezer Gallery

N [pronounced nnn] was a 3.8 cubic feet exhibition space in my freezer. This space was conceived of to provide artists with a colder and smaller venue for experimental exhibition. This project yielded two exhibits Cooler than Usual and Soul on Ice. The project still lives through it’s satellite mini-fridge space, The Kenmore, managed by Emily Sloan.

Cooler than Usual: Frozen works by eleven local artists on December 2009. These works created were to be specifically exhibited in this unconventional space. Curated by Aisen Caro Chacin.

Soul on Ice: By Ryan Perry on February, 2010. Drawing inspiration from Eldridge Cleaver's book, "Soul on Ice", Perry created ice speakers for a time based sound installation that examines the resonance of soul/the soul within the unstable medium of ice. Curated by Aisen Caro Chacin

My Birthday

Curated by:
Aisen Caro and Tyson Urich

Participating Artists:
Hagit Barkai
Alex Tu
Naz Fallah
Melanie Jamison
Emily Sloan
Krystal Gannon
Alfonso Hernandez
Joy Moore
Dan Zaccariello

This exhibit at my apartment was inspired by all birthdays in the month of February, I asked all artists to change their Facebook birthdays to the opening date of the show in 2010. This made our guests a bit confused; some of them brought gifts, and they were displayed as part of the exhibition. Artists were also asked to bring a cake, cupcakes, or pastries to be collaged together into a diabetic’s nightmare. Luckily we also had beefcake.
Window Duster by Emily Sloan
Cake Collage Collaboration

La Lengua Muerta

Sexo Grande by Stephanie Saint Sanchez / Earthwake by Tito-Fabian

Elia Arce missioned me in April 2010 to curate a Latino exhibit. I selected a group of uprooted and acclimating emerging artists to engage in dialogues with selected established curators, critics and artists, Surpik Angelini, Elia Arce, Margarita Cabrera, Aisen Chacin, Ruben Cordova, and Delilah Montoya. The work for the exhibition was created from these dialogues that both subversively and romantically embrace Latin classification as a point of departure to investigate historical and current geography. At the core of these dialogues lies the need to move beyond traditional categories of Latin American and Latino Art and to frame new definitions, visual languages and creative practices among these artists in Houston. La Lengua Muerta yielded visual and performance works to be as diverse (inform, subject, aesthetics, and influences) as being Latino.

Participating Artists:
Daniel Adame, Chuy Benitez, Aisen Caro Chacin, Claudia Cruz,Tito-Fabian, Sebastian Forray, Jonatan Lopez, Angel Quesada, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Alex Soares.


Installation for La Lengua Muerta, paint 2010. It began with wanting to fix the deteriorated floor of labotanica. I wanted to preserve its history, yet add another layer. The boundaries between the linoleums and the barren concrete reminded me of the territorial divisions recorded in maps. In constant flux, the frontiers of this crumbling linoleum are a record of their migrations of people, who, in their wanderings, have unwittingly changed the lines. I decided to homogenize the identity of the floor by assimilating the pattern of the dominant (and most recent) linoleum tiles. I recreated and stretched this identity over the piso (floor) mestizo with painted lines over the other layers creating a subtle illusion of continuity. It marked alien territory as its own, but it didn’t erase its history. Then it became about conquering space and territory.

Incoming Call

/ongoing performance

We began calling unsuspecting performers in 2010. This project has been performed on public stages and on KTRU public broadcast radio.
Collaboration with Melanie Jamison and Alex TU
Conceived by Aisen Caro Chacin

SUSY: Collision of Elusive Particles

An impromptu pastiche of visual, performance and sound art. This show was inspired by the concept of Supersymmetry where all particles have an invisible superpartner. There was no scheduling performances, it was all shown simultaneously. Performers themselves keep their own time. This approach to performance allowed for impromptu collaboration and improvisation. The installations were presented as a platform for performers to interact and become part of the work. The superpartners became visible to the audience in the instances of supercollisions, where the collaborations split and rearrange.
This show was presented at The Foundry on July 30th, 2010
The Wiggins

Conceived by: Aisen Caro Chacin
Organized by SuperColliding-
Aisen Caro Chacin, Naz Fallah, Melanie Jamison, and Alex Tu

Crickets in Search of the Prime

Photothermins on a projection of a primary number binary search program written in BASIC. Collaboration with Jack Hukill.
In 2010 Jack Hukill wrote the program, and I built the photothermins. I saw Jack's program as an opportunity to create a digital music box. Photothermins have a light sensor called a photo resistor. This component captures the difference in frequency of light, so when light passes through the circuit it is translated into sound. The pitch of sound changes depending on the variance of light.