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New York, September 21, 2004: Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present Bryan Hunt: Airships, the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in New York City since 1997. The exhibition will comprise seven sculptures created since 1974, drawn from one of Hunt’s best-known bodies of work, which is based on the theme of airships. The works in the exhibition are dirigible-shaped structures ranging in length from 40 to 64 inches, constructed of spruce and balsa wood covered with silk paper and metal leaf. These lightweight sculptures are mounted directly into the wall over the viewer’s head and out of reach, giving the impression of being suspended in space. Hunt has revisited the airship shape frequently since the 1970s. The works in the exhibition are drawn from various series of airships, including the Darkcrest, the Means and the Tigress series. A highlight of the exhibition will be First Shipment, 1974, Hunt’s earliest airship. "By addressing proportions, balance, and light, the airships transform a room and disregard its boundaries. Ultimately, they have as much to do with looking down on ourselves and our planet as us looking up at a weightless vessel," says Hunt. Prior to beginning his career as an artist, Bryan Hunt studied architecture and worked as an engineering assistant at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an experience which informed his visual vocabulary. He is represented in many prestigious international public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Hunt has been awarded commissions by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater Conservancy in Bear Run, Pennsylvania and the Parc de Clot, Barcelona, Spain. He is currently at work on a commission for the City of New York/Parks and Recreation Department, to be sited at Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. Hunt lives and works in New York City and Wainscott, Long Island. Please direct media inquiries to Stacy Bolton Communications: Tel: (212) 721-5350 Fax: (212) 721-0780