NYC///STUDIO VISIT: LANCE ARMSTRONG x TOM SACHS…

April 2, 2008  |  Feature, Lance Armstrong

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A meeting of the minds: Tom Sachs & Lance Armstrong in the downtown nerve center...

Rolling out to NYC last week for the Armory art show it was an impossibility not to take world champion cyclist & hardcore art collector LANCE ARMSTRONG on a studio visit with visionary conceptual artist and cycling fanatic TOM SACHS. Having inhabited his SoHo art lair since the early 1990s, Sachs is one of the few remaining artists who works full-time in the city's original creative hotbed and having spent almost two decades in the space, Sachs has completely transformed his environment into a living piece of art-in-progress. In this spacious street-level workshop one can completely understand Sachs as an artist, from the incredible level of philosophy driving his art, to his awe-inspiring creative process and, of course, the sheer level of commitment to his craft. Working primarily in the ephemeral and gloriously low-grade medium of foam core (and now in cast bronze painted to resemble foam core) Sachs has created an incredible array of jaw-dropping work over the course of his 15+ year career, all of which will be trumped by the new sculptures and installation work about to be unveiled in NYC on May 8th at his "Animals", show at Sperone Westwater Gallery, and on May 9th at the Lever House on May 9th. Of course we'll be bringing you a full recap of both shows, but in the meantime, enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes look at the batcave of a man who might just be the most significant artistic mind of his generation. HAVE A LOOK:lancesachs181.jpg
Room with a view...

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The family that prays together stays together...

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Big baby Jesus Kitty...

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Weaponry installation...

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One of Sachs' many heavily-armed workstations...

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Don't believe the hype...

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The fueling station...

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Sachs' breakfast of champions...

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And loyal legion of followers...

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Le petit Leatherface...

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Sugary sweetness...

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Mickey D's new Sachs-approved drive-thru menu...

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Views of Sachs' exploration of the Moon in Larry Gagosian's gallery last year...

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Christian Parkes and Lance Armstrong get briefed on Sachs' lunar mission...

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And have a look at his collection of authentic "moon rocks"...

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Nasa will never miss this Sachs-created replica...

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Sach's lovely welding assistant...

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Art imitating life...

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Grease beneath Sachs' wheels (at least we hope it's for wheels)...

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Old skaters never die...

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They just keep grinding...

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Sachs' raw power...

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Views of vintage foamcore baubles...

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Tom's balls...

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"In case of emergency, break glass"...

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Tom's Biggie board...

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That's normally found hanging above his headboard...

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Sachs' woodburned dolla dolla bill, yo!...

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Flags of our fathers...

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Livestrong gets a live demonstration of Tommy Boy's woodburning skills...

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It takes a very steady hand...

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To get these results...

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Sachs' former studio mate...

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Kitty litter...

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Tom's survival kit...

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The man of the house...

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