SiteTime : Cordwood
“The tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time.” (Joseph Beuys in conversation with Richard Demarco, 1982)
SiteTime is a two year outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden, curated by Michael Zebrowski with contributions from Kelly Holt, Ian Walker and Martin De Geus. The theme of the exhibition is considering time specificity relevant to site specificity in the practice of contemporary sculpture, installation art and performance. The work installed for SiteTime invites the public to think about and create new perspectives of what is then, what is now and what is to come, all relative to Vermont and our global relativity.
Erika Senft Miller, Nancy Winship Milliken and Michael Zebrowski will work collaboratively performing additive and subtractive actions in the Sculpture Garden over time. A note on the exhibition format: This two year sculpture exhibition will be a departure from the standard where work created off site is placed and left for the public to view, unchanged for the duration of the exhibit. The work created by this collaborative will evolve over the course of the exhibition timeframe in conjunction with a two year cycle of cordwood. Physical constructions, video and sound installations, artifacts, event based movement performances and stacks of slowly drying cordwood will intentionally and naturally change as the artists respond to current and ongoing cordwood rhythm. The artists have chosen to work directly with the cyclical activity of sourcing, processing and consuming cordwood for heat during the cold months because of its vital way of connecting our hands and our energy to the Earth as it rotates around the Sun. The cordwood process itself is active and constantly in flux. The artists are collectively taking direct cues from researching and experiencing the process for themselves in creation of the work - all in an effort to share a series of new perspectives of an age old practice. The actions and physical products will be encountered, discussed and documented. Evolution of the exhibition answers the question of what makes space productive and challenging at the same time. The community will be invited to participate as elements of the exhibition are revealed. The clock will start ticking in October 2017.