I have not yet had the pleasure to visit the Venice Biennale, but clearly it is an art bucket list item! Running every two years, this "Arts Olympics" of sorts opens just next week for 2015, May 9th – November 22nd and features not only visual fine art (this year is the 56th arts exhibition) but also architecture, dance, theater, cinema, and music. Its history is truly fascinating, and Artsy just released this fantastic short history of the event– it's worth a watch!
Last year Sarah Sze represented the United States, and her installation (seen in the photo at the top and those below), is an incredible, complex, multi-layered environment of found and made objects. Triple Point draws from the double-meaning of the term, first the thermodynamics concept of the temperature and pressure point at which solid, liquid, and gaseous states of a substance can exist in equilibrium. And second, it references triangulation, which measures distance from three ordinal points to determine a specific geographic position. Reference
Triple Point appears almost disorienting in its complexity, which is precisely Sze's reference in her oeuvre: the process of orienting oneself in the chaotic world around us. Thus "compass" is a central theme.