An installation by Michael Parker
Southern Exposure is pleased to present Steam Work, a sculptural installation that invites bodily participation in a sensorial experience. At its core is Steam Egg 2, a mirrored sculpture housing a fully-functioning sauna. Steam Egg 2 will be accompanied by suspended cascading cold rinse pools, wet and messy seating, and redwood and ceramic hydration stations built by the artist.
The Steam Egg will be fully operational on Thursday and Saturday evenings during the run of the exhibition. Thursday steams do not require a reservation. Saturday steams will be accompanied by a program of sound artists, DJs, and HerbJs curated by Michael Parker and Valerie Imus. Collaborators include Ashley Bellouin, Alyse Emdur, Wesley Hicks, Yasi Pereira, and Laura Steenberge. A complete schedule will be available at www.soex.org.
NO RESERVATION IS NEEDED FOR THURSDAY NIGHT STEAMS.
Bring your own towel, robe, and swimsuit. Bathrooms and drinking water are provided. Visitors are encouraged to steam in rounds. Visitors must be able to kneel and climb in order to steam, and will be asked to sign a liability waiver as saunas may involve some risk of injury and risk to one’s health. Saunas are generally not advised for pregnant women; for people with heart disease, high or very low blood pressure or epilepsy, or for those taking such medications as tranquilizers, antibiotics, stimulants, narcotics or drugs affecting blood or blood pressure. People in any of these categories should check with a physician before entering any such overheated environment. The Steam Egg should not be used in combination with alcohol.
Michael Parker is a Los Angeles-based artist who makes sculpture, installation and group experiences. His projects are often formed through research and engagement within various social groups. Parker’s Tuesday Steams, based out of his Los Angeles studio since 2011, bring together diverse groups of artists for communal sauna evenings.