Alice Aycock, A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels
Alice Aycock, A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels, Spring 2012
On view by appointment or in summer, weather permitting, Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4 PM
Originally constructed by the artist in 1975 at Merriewold West in Far Hills, New Jersey, this iconic structure is a recreation of the original installation supervised by the artist. A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels is a seminal work in the evolution of art in the landscape and has been extraordinarily influential in the evolution of installation art, landscape art and architecture.
Its inclusion at Art Omi: Architecture marks an important addition to the program and it also provocatively contextualizes the piece in the lineage of contemporary theoretical architectural discourse. The work is a profound meditation on landscape, program, and function in architecture. Descending underground into confining tunnels and punctuated by bright wells, it creates a primal architectural experience of earth, darkness and daylight. The precise and studied construction, employing concrete blocks and slabs, also places the work firmly within the context of the history of primal minimalist structures.