Demon Hill #2 designed by Julian Hoeber

Demon Hill #2 designed by Julian Hoeber.

Demon Hill #2 designed by Julian Hoeber.

Demon Hill #2 designed by Julian Hoeber.

Demon Hill #2 is not the name of some haunted house that has appeared to greet and frighten visitors this halloween, even though the two may have something in common. LA-based artist Julian Hoeber created his installation (for a gallery in West Chelsea) which make visitors deliberately uncomfortable by distorting their sense of balance. Without the use of strobe lights or fake skeletons, Demon Hill 2 can make visitors queasy.

According to the gallery’s website, Hober has created the “free-standing structure based on the architecture of ‘gravitational mystery spots.’” These spots “usually lay claim to being sites of supernatural power or geological anomaly to explain a severe effect of disorientation and vertigo for the visitor, when in truth these effects are the result of an architectural trick. Hoeber’s version uses the same crooked structure as the roadside attraction, but reveals the device behind the hoax, while never diminishing the effect.” LA folks may be interested to learn (or recall) that  “Demon Hill #2 is a variation on Demon Hill, Hoeber’s outdoor sculpture made for the Hammer Museum in 2010.”

Alex Dent

October 24, 2012 / By

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