DeCordova presents its inaugural outdoor exhibition. Artists have been invited to create alternative, sustainable engagements with the landscape in the Sculpture Park. By straddling the line between functionality and metaphor, these projects ultimately propose art as a prototype for better living. WORK OUT features four new commissions:
Futurefarmers present Tree University, an outdoor classroom in which deCordova’s fallen trees (originally topped during Hurricane Sandy) are used to explore all the creative possibilities that can stem from a single tree. The tree will slowly disappear, as the artists whittle and carve away its pieces into new objects (including pencils and a canoe), but its spirit will live on in these communal objects and experiences.
Fritz Haeg’s Domestic Integrities explores the ways in which local resources are harvested and brought into the domestic interior landscape of the home. As part of the project, a circular, 20-foot wide wild garden will be created in the Museum parking lot. Plants and vegetables grown in the parking lot garden will be presented inside the adjacent gallery, The Square, on on a spirally-stitched rug made of used and discarded textiles donated by people in the area.
Jane D. Marsching’s Field Station Concordia takes the form of a bird blind created from reclaimed materials in the dimensions of Henry Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, located down the road from deCordova. The structure operates as a field station for the artist for gathering data about the local ecology in the form of observations, handmade and virtual representations, and texts and maps. It gives visitors the opportunity to consider themselves citizen scientists. Check out photos from Jane D. Marsching’s WORK OUT program for April Vacation.
Andi Sutton’s Assisted Flagration features over 50 handmade, seed-spreading sculptures shaped like pink flamingos. The pink flamingo-shaped seed-sowing structures are made from biodegradable material that, with time and weather, drop seeds of endangered wildflowers, grasses, and perennials. The installation examines the issues of diversity, belonging, migration, preservation, and the future of “native” and “local” species in the face of climate change.
Collaborative workshops and outreach programs are scheduled as integral parts of each installation, as reconsidering our relationship to the environment also means reconsidering our communities and ourselves. Cick the EVENTS tab to view WORK OUT programs.
June 15-Oct 6, 2013
deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum