Young Projects is pleased to announce the first presentation of Andy Warhol’s legendary installation, Rain Machine (Daisy Waterfall), in Los Angeles in nearly 50 years.
The exhibition is a co-creative project between Maurice Tuchman, Senior Curator Emeritus, LACMA, and the organizer of the seminal Art + Technology program at LACMA 1967-71, and Adlin De Domingo. The exhibition will also include a special ‘digital’ augmentation by the artist, Refik Anadol.
Rain Machine (Daisy Waterfall) stands as one of Warhol’s most radical and unique artworks in his entire oeuvre. It was conceived in 1969 as part of LACMA’s Art + Technology program and consisted of 80 daisy-print lenticular (3-D) panels with four daisy images in each panel. Cowles Communications improved the lenticular optics later that year to allow the artist to present a single, larger, daisy image to fill each panel, providing much greater resonance and 3-D impact. A water-spray system was also employed to create a continual cascade of water (i.e. rain) that would fall from above while viewing the lenticulars.
Warhol made four editions of Rain Machine (Daisy Waterfall), the first of which was presented in the United States Pavilion at EXPO 70, in Osaka, Japan (1970). The three others (all identical) traveled and were shown in museums and galleries throughout the US and Europe, including LACMA in 1971. In 1990 for instance, it anchored an exhibition organized by Jeffrey Deitch called “Artificial Nature”, offering a surprising prescience and context to the show. More recently, that same piece was featured at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, with an accompanying catalog.
None of the original versions of the work are still in existence, except for one. Surprisingly, it is the only work made in the A & T program that is not in any museum’s Permanent Collection.
Young Projects will not only present this final, extant version, but in keeping with both Warhol and the spirit of the Art + Technology program, it will also feature an ‘augmentation’ by the artist Refik Anadol. No actual rainwater will be used, but rather, Anadol will employ a state-of-the-art technological approach to create a fully-immersive, digital, rain simulation that will take place throughout the gallery space. The result is a one-of-a-kind collaboration, between a legend of the 20th century with one of today’s most brilliant wunderkinds of the technological age, to create an artwork of extraordinary presence, vision and timeliness.