This week I was asked to create an instillation of The Ade dining hall. Though it turned out well today I will be discussing another groups work and evaluating their success. Their group was focused on the outside world as opposed to the interior of a building. The outer world is so vast that they first needed to limit the area that they were focused on. They decided on the river between the schools main campus and the town.
The group worked as a whole but each developed a different part of the work. A strategy that worked for them was to tape off individual areas in which to work. They also negotiated with materials and the spaces that touched each other. The work has a good conversation while the personal decisions of individual artists is still able to be seen through out the entire work. While talking to Caleb Scott he stated that “The groups separation allowed for creative freedom and yet there was an expectation that everyone would use the same materials to create unity.”
The work is very interesting in the fact that it uses both man made materials and natural materials. This really helps to capture the essence of the space that the picked because although it is a very natural space it is not untouched by people. This is very evident in the sculptural aspects in the real space which was recreated in the instillation with cardboard and spray paint, which are both mass produced products of humans.
The paper trees are very interesting decision because it is almost like returning the man-made paper to the form that it once was.
The tunnel was very accurately recreated in cardboard rather than in stone. As apposed to the trees this takes a more natural piece and makes it more man made.
The bridge created with sticks and rocks attempted to use as much of nature as possible while excluding man and yet it shows a man-made structure and is not fully free of human influence as it was created by a human and held together with tape, a man-made material.
Caleb was the artist of the stick bridge. He chose this as his work because of his fascination with the stone work and the covert in the bridge. He chose to not use any cardboard because he wanted to keep it as natural as possible. The real stones were the hardest part to do because of the transportation of the rocks, however they help create a real connection back to the original structure. The other inspiration was taken from a log cabin and a skeleton which created an empty, open, and natural feel.
The leaves truly help to tie the whole work together as they touch every part of it. Though they are inside they still hold much of the natural element. They were not placed in any kind of order they were just randomly strewn about as they were found in their natural environment. The striking thing is the man made leaves, which were created to help the group have some form of control, and to find some the fall colors that were not kept as the leaves decayed.
Although most of the human touches are positive the negative touch is not ignored. The litter is a nice touch and adds to the idea that humans can shape nature in both positive and negative ways.
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