Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hardy notice

David Hardy, Field Display # 2
October 1, 2007 to January 5, 2008
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

Image: Photo by William Hampton-Sosa

David Hardy was thinking about the experience of looking at art when he made Field Display #2. At first glance, the sculpture looks like a familiar structure built to shelter information on a forest trail: a wooden display standing on two boxy legs with a shingled roof. Inside, a claw-footed goblet of unknown origin sits behind glass, and outside, planted in front, are two blue galoshes, empty except for lumps of black sludge. “I was thinking of the movie Repo Man, in which a man just explodes, leaving his boots behind,” says the artist. “I wanted to address the problem of public art and ‘the art experience,’ where the anticipation of the event is often so much more than the event itself. But what if the event itself was the cause of excitement?”

New York-based David Hardy has a BA from Brown, an MFA from Yale, and experienced the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture program. His work was exhibited in group exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, SculptureCenter, and in P.S.1’s Greater New York. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in Sweden, Chicago, and San Francisco. He also works at Sarah Lawrence College with Kai.

Dave's having a bbq at his sculpture from 1-3 on Saturday. I don't know if you're invited but it's a public park so of course you're invited. See you there!

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