Making: Then and Now
Gregory Crewdson, Don Gummer, Stephen Hannock, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin, David Teeple.
Hancock Shaker Village - Pittsfield, Massachusetts
July 1 to November 12, 2017
"On July 1, 2017, Hancock Shaker Village opened a landmark exhibition of contemporary art that explores the connection between artists today and an historic utopian movement in the Berkshires, a place both have called home. Making: Then and Now includes works by contemporary artists and is installed directly into the historic spaces of the site, including the 1878 Poultry House and the Shaker reservoir.
Artists are constantly involved in the fundamental “act of making.” So, too, were the Shakers. Work was a form of worship for the Shakers, and objects were made to the best of one’s ability. Artists and Shakers both create with a higher purpose in mind. Artists are striving to create something new, something tangible and beautiful or thought-provoking that adds to our cultural heritage. The Shakers were creating objects and architecture that did the same thing. The minimalist beauty of the Shakers may have been accidental, but it lives on in their material culture and continues to inspire artists and designers today. Artists taking part in this exhibit all responded to the site and found that in experiencing a place like Hancock Shaker Village, they felt the intention of the Shakers, the community’s reverence for a thing well made. For the artists, it was something of a revelation to encounter it in a 19th century utopian community, as few makers practice this level of quality in today’s day and age."
Hancock Shaker Village
Sixteen Cuboid Float, I
2017 270" x 38" x 66"
The essence of the work itself is simple: a perceptual experience drawn from water, glass, aluminum, and light. It is poetry. A field of water-filled glass tanks, both a sculpture and a living painting, slowly yet constantly changes, speaking to impermanence. Over time, things form in these tanks such as bubbles, condensation droplets, or water from rain on the surface. Capillary action pulls the rain with its impurities over the edge and into the tank, with each tank becoming a unique ecosystem. Each tank is also reflected in and refracted by its neighboring tanks, creating an ever-shifting kaleidoscopic field, while also drawing in the surrounding architecture and landscape. A spare repetitive pattern - but nothing really repeats in repetition; each unit is unique. Introducing water into a field of glass structures amplifies our perception of the geometric field itself as well as the environment in which it sits.
Twenty-five Cuboid Stack, I
2017 142" x 142" x 25"
The Mount - Lenox, Massachusetts
June 1 until October 31, 2017
This annual juried exhibition of 30 large-scaled sculptures takes place on the remarkable 113 acre estate named The Mount, the National Historic Landmark and legendary home of Edith Wharton. With Laura Bush as Honorary Chair, and other distinguished members of the National Committee, The Mount is regarded as one of the most beautiful historic sites in America. Every year over 45,000 people travel from around the world to visit the stunning gardens and stately mansion in the bucolic Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
Twelve Cuboid Stack, I
2017 188" x 45" x 37"
Private residence 2017
Seven Cuboid Stack, I
2017 144" x 54" x 21"
Sixteen Tank Stack, 1 : model
2017 18" x 13" x 4.5"
Single Tank in White Landscape, 1
2017 28" x 23" x 42"