2008 Group Exhibition, Into the Trees
Curated by Lilly Wei and Amy Lipton
Exhibiting artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Sanford Biggers, caraballo-farman, Elizabeth Demaray, Stephen Dean, Katie Holten, Jason Middlebrook, Alan Michelson, Cordy Ryman, Shinique Smith, Chrysanne Stathacos and Saya Woolfalk.
The exhibition title is borrowed from Ernest Hemingway's novel, Across the River and Into the Trees, and functions descriptively. A site-specific, open-ended project, it is as much – if not more- focused on the idea of a fixed point and the proliferation from that point as a metaphor for the creative process as it is on environmental issues. Into the Trees is interested in how each participating artist, given a tree as a common element and initial stimulus, will arrive at an innovative, utterly individual resolution.
For Into the Trees, eight artists have been invited to select a living tree from the 100-acre site of the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi. The artists will work with their tree on a site-specific installation and must therefore take into consideration the temporality of their construction and materials as well as the natural surroundings and are asked not to harm the tree, the only restriction.