New York, NY
As part of the Museum of Arts and Design’s NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, Step-in One transforms a gallery space into a temple-like, nightclub. Though inspired by 80’s and 90’s club culture, the result is a transcendental meeting place that honors the evolution of NYC nightlife.
At the center of the space, an altar-like structure composed of four black paint and polished steel columns, command the viewer’s energy. Along with the stair-cased perimeter, these elements create a feeling of ascension. Live succulents within the stepped perimeter provide a symbolic form of fuel supplying life to the space. Purple and blue lighting create an ethereal mood, while reflective stripes distort the viewer’s perspective. The combined effect brings the viewer farther from a fixed reality, into the fantasy and spectacle of optical illusion.