In development for several years, this exhibition comes to fruition at a moment of dislocation, isolation, and uncertainty. The familiar experiences of being outdoors and encountering works of art have taken on new meaning in our unexpectedly changed world, offering the comforts of nature and culture, community and solitude, engagement and reflection.
Ground/work is organized by the Clark Art Institute with guest curators Molly Epstein and Abigail Ross Goodman.
In Haegue Yang’s three-part installation Migratory DMZ Birds on Asymmetric Lens, bird species native to the Korean Demilitarized Zone travel to the unfamiliar setting of New England. Dispersed in the landscape, these three sculptures, in the artist’s words, “scatter the narrative,” encouraging visitors to discover each example in a different environmental context.
Nairy Baghramian’s Knee and Elbow is a highly abstracted portrait of two primary joints in the body. Working in traditional sculptural materials of marble and steel for the first time, the artist challenges their typical connotations of durability and monumentality and instead highlights the vulnerability of the human form.
haegue yang, migratory dmz birds on asymmetric lens, the clark institute, williamstown, 2020
nairy baghramian, knee and elbow, the clark institute, williamstown, 2020