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Curatorial Conversations: Relational Aesthetics in Art and Architecture

WHEN
Friday, May 29
2 PM

COST

Free

Curatorial Conversations: Relational Aesthetics in Art and Architecture with Matthew Geller, Alice Aycock, and Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley

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This virtual tour and presentation will feature three different works in the Sculpture and Architecture Park that deal with themes of relational aesthetics. Created by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s, relational aesthetics describes the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. These works include Matthew Geller’s Babble, Pummel, and Pride II, Alice Aycock’s A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels, and Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley’s ReActor. Each of these works utilize different sculptural and architectural principles that are dependent on social experience and the space they inhabit.

About the Artists:

Matthew Geller, Babble, Pummel, and Pride II, 2019
Employing fragmentation and disjunction as storytelling devices, Matthew Geller intercut several seemingly unrelated anecdotal stories into cohesive, if nonlinear, narratives. In the 1980s, Geller switched his studio practice from primarily sculpture to the production of video works, reworking the structure and style of television storytelling with comic narratives that played off conventional genres—documentary, fairytale, melodrama. Beginning with his fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, he integrated his skills as a storyteller and sculptor by creating intimately observed worlds in miniature. For the past 15 years, he has taken these ideas, changed the scale, and extended the possibilities for site and a chaotic viewership by producing temporary and permanent public art, which has been described in various ways, from “urban earthworks” to “industrial baroque settees.”

Alice Aycock, A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnel, 2011
Alice Aycock is an American sculptor and installation artist. She was an early artist in the land art movement in the 1970s, and has created many large-scale metal sculptures around the world. Aycock's drawings and sculptures of architectural and mechanical fantasies combine logic and imagination, and intermingle science and faith. 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.

Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley, ReActor, 2016
Alex Schweder and Ward Shelly met while fellows at the American Academy in Rome in 2005. They first collaborated on Flatland at the Sculpture Center in 2007, a piece that focused their interests toward performative social architecture. The duo went on to produce Stability in for Lawrimore Project, Seattle (2009); In Orbit, at Pierogi Gallery's Boiler Room (2014), and Counterweight Roommate at SCOPE, Basel, Switzerland (2011), recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. ReActor is their first outdoor piece, and it further explores how constructed environments affect relationship dynamics, and how relationships impact the constructed environment.

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