Giant Yard Jacks
I tend to create series pieces that have the same theme/materials or unifying idea. In the Big Game series I have selected items from board games, yard games and field games that lend themselves to childhood memories.
The items are eye catching because of their large or greatly oversized scale and representations. The intent is to attract attention from a distance and draw the viewer closer to take a second look.
I attempt to select subject matter that can be scaled up to create quick but accurate representations of everyday game pieces. In many cases I use recycled, repurposed or off the shelf items to keep material costs low. Furthermore, most of these non-permanent sculpture models can be created or erected in less that forty hours.
It takes more than one
Traditional musical instruments can typically only be fully realized by a single player. “It takes more than one” is a musical instrument installation designed so its full potential is achieved through multiple players. PVC organ pipes will be sounded using individual bicycle pumps creating an interactive musical experience on a large, public scale that will be at its best and most interesting as more people use it.
Adults and children alike can enjoy a gentle ride in this installation of 28 colorful fabric swings. Participants can choose to sit, swing, converse, nap, read, or just relax while becoming a vital part of the life of this project. Upon sitting down into the swings, each participant will feel the closeness of the fabric that mimics a blanket wrapped tightly around the shoulders, which invokes a sense of safety and security. Even the color scheme is meant to calm and relax the viewer into a state of contentment, and the gentle hugging and rocking of the swing is meant to comfort and calm the mind. Contentment means to be “satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else”. I hope each person who interacts with this piece comes away feeling content, and has some fun in the process!
Jersey Knit Topology
For nearly every single day since about 1994 I have worn these Harbor Bay Crew Neck Pocket Tee Shirts in sizes ranging from XLT to 3XLT, depending on my current weight level. These shirts are inexorably linked to my identity, not only in the outward image I present to the world but also in my own self-image. They have become a symbol for my attitudes about my body issues.
A Sinking View
An Interactive Outdoor Installation
This work invites viewers to grab books and a blanket to experience a bit of nostalgia. The sinking structure references loss of innocence and the disintegration of the neighborhood community that preceded events such as the housing crisis, income inequality, and the deterioration of our education system. This work also foreshadows the ever-present growing distance between childhood and adulthood, as well as the continued failure of our political, social, and environmental systems.
QUINCY AND NIKKI OWENS
This piece is an extension of work that started in Delhi, India. I looked to repurpose woven objects such as bamboo rugs and baskets by deconstructing them and re-weaving them into new forms that symbolized the reconstruction of broken systems. The works I created there coincided with the failing health of my mother and since that time she has passed away. This new work looks to explore an expansion of common weaving materials in an attempt to stretch utilitarian boundaries as well as create a space that recalls the concept of shelter as seen in nature. The works I created in India were interactive. I supplied plastic cordage to the audience so they may add to the piece and say a prayer as they tied a prayer knot- adding to the stability of the work while also finding a contemplative moment while interacting with and adding to the work. I hope the public audience is aware and feels compelled to bring their own items to weave into the shelter. This essentially will allow the temporary piece to become even more structurally sound both conceptually and physically.
WILLIAM DENTON RAY
For my installation I started thinking about what ordinary common object or objects
I could use and how this object could have a visual impact. I sought to find an object that
could be rearranged and repeated to create a larger presence or image. After researching and
contemplating on which object to use I decided to use the common lawn marker flag. Usually
used to mark gas and utility lines this common item provided several benefits including color,
accessibility and ease of installation.
My installation will utilize these common lawn marker flags as cellular pieces to a larger
whole. The flags will be taken out of context and placed into the natural environment in an
abstract design. The Design will be created in a way where clusters of flags will create walking
paths into and around the natural landscape. I plan to install hundreds of these flag markers and
create a visual color “WAVE” in a to-be-determined area of the park. The flag stem will be bent
at 90 degress so the flag will fly paralell to the ground surface. Flags will be placed at differnet
depths to create varying heights to the entire color wave. My color palette will be based on bright
warm tones to contrast the natural landscape within the Art Park. From a distance the viewer may
mistake these flags as flowers, but upon closer inspection they will notice clusters of brightly
colored flags. Depending upon the wind speed there will also be a natural kinetic movement to
the entire wave form.
A Bit of Me in You (Echo Point)
Line your eyes up through a hole in the fence with a partner that stands on the other side. This creates an opticle illusion that can only be experienced when you align your facial features.
Nature reflected on the mirrored surface of a still pool of glistening water. My piece— Water Tables— references the value of clean, publicly available drinking water. The contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan underscores the necessity of clean water sources. As a society we need to have conversations about preserving and maintaining clean water supplies. Visitors see themselves reflected in the piece, bringing the issue forward in a personal and visceral way. The human-scaled format of the table reinforces the welcoming and approachable aspect of the piece. The tables echo the rippling surface of the White River. Water Tables brings to the forefront the issue of clean water sources with urgency and clarity.
Feed Your Self
A temporary outdoor installation of two edible beasts which are physical representations of a psychological puzzle. Here the beasts are unable to balance the need to be nourished with the desire to devour. They enmesh together and they suffer for doing so.
We should question boundaries between our evolving landscapes, both natural and digital. I want to discover what happens when a digital technical error interrupts the natural landscape. The glitch challenges the notion that technology is integrating seamlessly into our physical lives.
DAN WOERNER AND KATE BURNET
What Are You Wading For
What Are You Wading For is a multi-part installation representing an indeterminate narrative. Plainly, the scene is of a man wading in reeds near a Jon boat. The viewer is left to ponder whether the man is looking for something he lost, dumping a body, or relieving himself. The forms stand with welded steel supports to resemble stage props or old signs, hearkening back to sound stages or community theater scene-shop paintings. The boat, the only truly 3-dimensional element, sits at a fictional water’s edge and beckons the viewer to enter by providing a seat from which to view the imagined scenario.
Bathroom sinks, garden hoses, and extension cords are arranged to create a precarious interconnected system of flowing water reminiscent of a classical fountain. The piece asks questions about filth, blame, marginalization, and community. There will be a performance utilizing the installation at 8:30 pm.