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Mika Rottenberg: Lampshare

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Mika Rottenberg: Lampshare

Hauser & Wirth presents a new Lampshares series from Mika Rottenberg to commemorate Earth Day 2024.  Rottenberg works in collaboration with Inner City Green Team and Precious Plastic NYC to collect recyclables and transform them (melting, extruding and molding the plastic) into these unique lamps.

Circular production system and plastic fabrication developed with designer Gary Dusek. Production and design were supported by Garlan Miles and additional plastic was sourced by Cora Quinlan. The plastics collection team at IGCT consists of NYC Housing Authority residents and is led by Brigitte Charlton-Vicenty, Founder of Inner City Green Team Economic and Environmental Development.

Proceeds will benefit Art to Acres and will be directed back into the studio to support Inner City Green Team and Precious Plastic NYC in their production of future sculptures.

Mika Rottenberg: Lampshare
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To commemorate Earth Day, Argentina-born, New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg presents a special edition series of her Lampshare sculptures whose proceeds will be directed back into the studio to support Inner City Green Team and Precious Plastic NYC in their production of the sculptures as well as to nonprofit Art to Acres.

The artworks are made from reclaimed plastic that Rottenberg molds, extrudes and presses into sculptural forms, suggesting that the artist’s studio can be an incubator for a regenerative circle of creation and consumption. By naming them ‘Lampshares,’ Rottenberg points to their prospective owners as active participants in a new system of regenerative production that she has established.

‘Art to Acres extends the relationship between art and conservation, from human-made objects to cloud forests and ecosystems.’

—Mika Rottenberg

The plastic has been collected from local dumpsters near the artist’s studio, mined and extracted as natural resources, while the forces of the extruder and gravity transform the plastic into urban ‘gemstones.’ Recently Rottenberg has partnered with Inner City Green Team (ICGT), which seeks to ‘protect the environment and help transform the lives of residents living in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments through recycling outreach/education, job training and paid work.’

Milled in her studio with the help of Gary Dusek, founder of Precious Plastic NYC, the plastic Rottenberg purchases through ICGT is transformed into different forms using a machine devised by Precious Plastic, a community-based, open-source project that instructs designers—essentially anyone, anywhere—on how to grind, melt and inject recycled plastic in order to create entirely new products.

Mika Rottenberg: In the Studio

Mika Rottenberg discusses creating the Rottenbar (2023), using carved vines that are then pegged together using reclaimed plastic sticks and blobs made in-house; this process results in a playful, regenerative system of production that can be extended and combined ‘indefinitely’ without the use of screws or adhesives. In the alchemy of her studio, Rottenberg combines these otherwise disregarded toxic and invasive materials to create ‘luxury’ designs in a style that she jokingly refers to as ‘eco rococo.’



Hauser & Wirth is proud to support Art to Acres, an initiative for artists, gallerists and collectors with a mission to support large-scale land conservation. The gallery’s contribution has conserved 4,700 acres of cloud forest in Central America.

Art for Acres extends the relationship between art and conservation, from human-made objects to cloud forests and ecosystems,’ says artist Mika Rottenberg, who has worked with Art for Acres in conserving tropical forest to offset the production of her exhibition at MCA Chicago.

The Artist

Mika Rottenberg

Argentina-born, New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg is devoted to a rigorous practice that combines film, architectural installation, and sculpture to explore ideas of labor and the production of value in our contemporary hyper-capitalist world.

Using traditions of both cinema and sculpture, she seeks out locations around the world where specific systems of production and commerce are in place, such as a pearl factory in China, and a Calexico border town. Through the editing process, and with footage from sets built in her studio, Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places and things to create elaborate and subversive visual narratives. By weaving fact and fiction together, she highlights the inherent beauty and absurdity of our contemporary existence.

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