Join us Sunday August 4th on the first floor of The Mill for an Artist Talk about Scenario with Corina Reynolds at The Wassaic Project
Scenario on view at The Wassaic Project every weekend June 4 - September 2, 2013
Scenario, an immersive in installation by artist Corina Reynolds, uses the surface language of corporate office culture to explore the themes of white noise and balance. Upon entering Scenario, the visitor is confronted first by an air of chilling calmness and then the overwhelming scent of Sea Breeze Fresh. Through its crisp pungency, the room achieves stasis as if the space has been removed from a bustling New York high rise and plunked into the rustic exhibition space of the Wassaic Project's Mill. The right angles of its white walls and acoustical drop ceiling hold the visitor at the threshold while the bright, beckoning column of fluorescent lights draws them in with tractor beam intensity to the minimalist cubicle at the rear of the installation. It is here that the claustrophobic nature of the space comes to its pinnacle as the visitor takes in the oppressive sound of white noise emitted by the Dohme office unite nestled in the cubicles corner in opposition to the spaces one fanciful escape—a simulation of a 6ft ficus.
Homeward Found, the Wassaic Project’s sixth annual summer exhibition, refers to a passage, a personal quest, and a seeking of home. The Wassaic Project invites viewers to climb the seven stories of the Maxon Mills grain elevator once again and explore the work of over eighty emerging artists, half of whom are Wassaic Artist Residency alumni. Homeward Found speaks to the domestic themes present throughout the exhibition, as well as the scavenged materials found in many of the works. Jonathan Schipper’s To Dust, brings domestic opulence into the gallery and accelerates the process of decay by mechanically eroding two figurative sculptures. Louie Hinnen’s penthouse kitchen, Cornbread and Buttermilk, and Carmen Osterlye’s floral parlor, Den of Blossomy, bring rooms to life with their immersive installations of internal spaces, creating spaces that are familiar, beautiful yet deeply unsettling. Kevin Cyr’s one person abode, Cabin Tent, deals with themes of shelter, mobility, self-reliance and the instinct to protect from nature, while Markel Uriu’s moss pelt confronts the mythical idea of a journey and shelter within nature. Homeward Found creates a journey for the viewer to reflect on home. The exhibition speaks to the larger sense of comfort and belonging that the Wassaic Project has found over the last six years in the hamlet of Wassaic. - See more at: The Wassaic Project