I greatly enjoyed yesterday’s syposium at Drew University, organized by Valerie Hegarty. Here are some notes on the final 2 speakers:
“To think in terms of millions of years in the present moment”
Witnessing large dynamics that happen outside of viewshed = what art can do
“Traces of Real Life Lived”
Ideas of Wilderness
Biblical – Where the infidels live
Romantic – Welcomed/fearful infinity of the sublime
American – Manifest Destiny
Garden of Eden to Harvest & Industrial Progress
Proof of God / God’s Cathedrals
Science – Finite / Stewardship
“Redesign our relationship to natural systems”
Salamander Road of Death in NJ
“Shared Public Memory of a Possible Future”
“Weird Engagement w/ Natural Systems”
The Tree that Owns Itself
Trees as Landlords: TREExOFFICE
“The Wild, Secret Life of New York City” by Brandon Keim
“We are in the habit of seeing untended nature as a sort of blankness, awaiting human work to fill it. It’s right there in the name: vacant lot. A place where spontaneous life is invisible, or at best considered so many weeds, the term used to lump together and dismiss what thrives in spite of our preferences.”
This Is Criminal Podcast: “He’s Neutral”
About a traffic island turned dump turned Buddhist shrine….
“Dan Stevenson has lived in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood for 40 years. He says crime has been an issue for as long as he can remember, but he isn’t one to call the police on drug dealers or sex workers. He’s a pretty “live and let live” kind of guy. Or he was. Before he finally got fed up and took matters into his own hands.”
Producing Waste / Producing Space event at Princeton
“This symposium brings together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted.”
Thanks to Project Vortex for spreading the word!
So I made this thing for the AIM Biennial … woven structure of reeds & random bits … it took me a couple weeks.
It was alright. When I finished, 36 hours before installation, I cleaned my studio and sat down.
Then I had another idea, so I got up and started making that.
Paper mache. I figured if it didn’t work out I’d just use the original.
Spray painting on the roof.
It makes more sense this way. People can write on the sculptures. You know how you test a pen by scribbling with it?
I wonder why I had to finish the first piece in order to move beyond it. Maybe it’s that cleaning a room to me is like cleaning my brain. Or maybe I was just reserving judgment until it was finished.
Finally finished editing my documentation for this project. Here are the final images. Process photos coming soon!
I’m super happy with how this turned out. As you’ll see soon, the project changed a lot at the last minute.
This project will be on view at Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery as part of the Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial through September 8th. It is supported in part by Project Vortex.