Join us for Unison’s 20th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Garden Opening.
Unison’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden Exhibit is an invitational show featuring the work of a group of extraordinary established and emerging artists, including an exquisite piece by Joy Brown that recently had a home on Broadway in NYC. Feel free to bring a picnic and wander through Unison’s woodland paths. The Sculpture Garden is open year-round from dawn till dusk and open to the public with free admission. Unison’s 5-acre park-like sculpture garden is a country setting laced with paths that weave their way through the woods, opening up to a large wildflower field sited with contemporary works. Art pieces are set in the woods, by a small pool, in two large meadows and make use of local rocks and foliage.
This year’s exciting addition to the garden is an “Eco-Materialism” show, titled “WHAT’S NEXT?” The show is curated by members of the SUNY New Paltz Sculpture Department, led by visiting lecturer Michael Asbill. This exhibit features projects that blend into and relate with the natural landscape.
Please join us for new exciting art, live music, wine & snacks!
What’s Next?…. Answers to this challenging question take the form of sculptural installations and events by thirty-five artists residing in the Northeast who represent an emerging art movement in the vanguard art world known as Eco Materialism. The unconventional values and formats they introduce are derived from Linda Weintraub’s forthcoming book, What’s Next? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art, (Intellect Books, 2018). This outdoor exhibition is the initiative of SUNY New Paltz Visiting Lecturer Michael Asbill in collaboration with Unison Arts Center at 68 Mountain Rest Rd. New Paltz, NY .Students enrolled in his Collaborative Constructions course have participated in all aspects of the curatorial process. The exhibition opens at the Unison Arts Center on Sunday, July 15th 3-6 pm.
Joann Alvis & Tasha Depp, Kathleen Anderson, Jebah Baum, Jeffrey Lee Benjamin, Nadine May Lewis, Emily Brownawell, Mary Anne Davis & Patricia Tinajero, Alexis Elton, Beth Haber, Jan Harrison & Alan Baer, Sam Horowitz, Hudson Valley Bee Habitat (Emily Puthoff, Elena Sniezek, Jen Woodin), I’ll Never Know This Garden (Michael Asbill, Andrea Frank, Amanda Heidel), Sergey Jivetin, Maxine Leu, Iain Machell, Claudia McNulty, Christina Nalty, Andrea Reynosa, Bill Rybak, Cassandra Saulter, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Zachary Skinner, Suzy Sureck, Susan Togut, Daniel Totten, Moira Williams, and Riva Weinstein
Linda Weintraub explains the timeliness of Eco Materialism:
“By paying tribute to matter, materiality, and materialization, Eco Material artworks attend to the urgency of mounting environmental afflictions. These bold art initiatives reacquaint the public with the lapsed wonders of weight, texture, moisture, temperature, fragility, suppleness, elasticity, bulge, hollow, contour, and a host of other physical properties that are being neglected in favor of data, simulations, and digital transmissions, as well as being subjected to the casual disregard the surrounds mass produced commodities. While such fundamental qualities of materials have been accounting for life on Earth for the past 3.5 billion years, currently they are accounting for extinctions, smog, pollution, industrial wastes, water shortages, radioactive waste, oil spills, and an alarming litany of other planetary perils. The creative explorations among Eco Material artists present materiality as a strategy to convert society’s environmental neglect into responsible stewardship.”
Michael Asbill explains how these concepts are manifested in the exhibition:
“The works produced for this exhibition are quite different from what you would typically encounter in an outdoor sculpture venue. This quiet show features projects that blend into the natural landscape. Many of these projects are made from materials gathered from this site. Some of the works in this show are process oriented. Relative to the duration of your visit, the processes engaged here are slow. Through these works you will encounter decomposition, fermentation, germination, and remediation. Appreciating these works may require a viewer to recalibrate, forgetting that they are here to observe and stand apart from these works, and acknowledge that they are a part of this show, this forest, this field, this planet.”
SUNY New Paltz curatorial team enrolled in Collaborative Constructions: Amanda Aponte, Jack Burnham, Abbey Fisher, Ally Gazzola, Amanda Heidel, Joe Kattou, Sam Leiching, Rosa Loveszy, Meghan Mason, Megumi Naganoma, Rachel O’neill, Arielle Ponder, Coleman Smith, and Chelsea Vierstra