(GHENT, N.Y.) – A handful of new works will go on display at Art Omi as part of the 2014 Fall Exhibition, featuring new works in The Fields Sculpture Park and Architecture Omi with a public reception on Sunday, October 12 from 1:30 to 4pm. The fall exhibition features work by Alexandre Arrechea, Jackie Ferrara, Guy Goldstein, Harrison Atelier, Paula Hayes, Catherine Lee, and Joan Linder. At 2pm, Harrison Atelier will present Species Niches 2, a site-specific performance and installation choreographed by James McGinn and composed by Loren Dempster.
This is the first fall exhibition on the scale of the annual season opening in June. Most of these pieces will be on view year-round, joining other works of contemporary sculpture and architecture in the 120+ acre park.
“Helmsley,” by Cuban-American artist Alexandre Arrechea. comes from No Limits, a public art exhibition of steel sculptures previously on view along Park Avenue in New York City. Arrechea’s 15-foot sculpture pays homage to the Helmsley building but also references the artists’ “first vision of New York – a city that devours itself” in referencing imagery of the Ouroboros myth of the snake which eats its own tail.
Ribbed Dome, 1997, by Jackie Ferrara, was initially installed at The Fields in 2000. Since the 1980s, Jackie Ferrara’s work has evolved from architectural table-top constructions towards public art projects referencing pyramids, courtyards, arenas, theaters, archways, loggias, wall and floor sections, passageways, pool houses and towers. The work returns in its restored form.
Tel Aviv-based visual artist and musician Guy Goldstein will open his first exhibition of outdoor sculpture at Omi. The project, Time Signatures, began with Goldstein’s fascination with weathervanes, a vernacular architecture element foreign to Israel yet native to the Hudson River Valley, while he was in residence at Art Omi.
This past June, Brooklyn-based design firm, Harrison Atelier, created a pavilion that is an undulating canopy of networked spaces sited at the edge of a forest and field in Architecture Omi’s rolling landscape. They now unveil the next phase of the project, Species Niches 2, a site-specific performance and installation choreographed by James McGinn and composed by Loren Dempster on Sunday, October 12, at 2pm.
Sculptor and landscape artist Paula Hayes, known for her terrariums and other living artworks, will be exhibiting Lucid Green and Cabinet of Currency in Omi’s galleries. The two pieces explore the decade-long story of Jill Poet, which articulates Hayes interest in the connection of people to their natural environment. These works join Hayes’ Trees for ETs, the large site-specific installation which opened in The Fields in Summer 2013.
Catherine Lee has been creating large scale bronze works since the late 1980s. In The Fields, Lee will exhibit a brand new series titled Constants, which explores three dimensional space along with her continual exploration of surface and abstract shape.
Joan Linder uses pen and ink to create labor intensive, often life-size drawings that transform mundane subjects into conceptually rich images. In her exhibition in the Charles Benenson Gallery at Omi, Linder will exhibit Drawn Home, a simultaneously impersonal and deeply personal archive which depicts 10 years in the domestic lives of the artist and her family.
The Visitors Center is open 11am – 5pm through November 1 and 11am – 4pm between November and March. The Fields Sculpture Park and Architecture Omi is open dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.
Omi International Arts Center seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to a vibrant arts culture locally, regionally, and internationally.