Steven Sebring, Now in 4-D
“I’ve been keeping it very secret,” explained fashion photographer and filmmaker Steven Sebring of his latest project, Revolution, which debuted at New York’s 69th Regiment Armory last night. “Just testing the Rig and seeing what it can do—there isn’t anything else like it.” The “Rig” is Sebring’s name for the new massive “geodome” he created—a silver sphere lined with a hundred cameras on wheels. It took three years of personally funded development to complete the apparatus, which is designed to capture the so-called fourth dimension (or the “truly true,” as the artist defines it), and record its subjects’ every move—from every angle—as it spins.
Model Coco Rocha is the star of Sebring’s vision (although longtime friend and onetime subject Patti Smith, as well as a tai-chi master from his building, also make appearances), and is shown dancing, leaping, and shifting in a series of videos, photographs, and sculptural works. “This is the first art exhibition I’ve ever been a part of,” offered Rocha. “I put my Irish dancing shoes on and came into Steven’s studio again and again. And it had nothing to do with editorial, nothing to do with making money or a campaign.”
Smith (who brought Sebring a bottle of tequila to celebrate), Nicole Miller, Reed Krakoff, Ryan McGinley, and more turned out for yesterday evening’s unveiling—the location of which was arguably as significant as the work displayed inside. “It was by coincidence that we’re showing here at the [69th Regiment Armory], one hundred years after the original Armory show with Braque, Picasso, and Duchamp,” commented Sebring, who looked to English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, as well as the aforementioned greats, for inspiration. “So we’re paying homage to them, too. The sky is the limit.”
Revolution is on view today at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York.