STRATASCOPE FOREST - I
pine, ceder, stone, live video on 4 second delay
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA
The View From Above: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists
October 13 – November 17, 2007
Film and sculpture, for me, meet at a place that has everything to do with uncovering layers of ourselves. This exploration typically happens within a defined space; a film frame, a room, a path through the woods, the space around a fire at night where flickers of thought are suggested – the prehistoric cave or the modern movie theater – both temples, flickering spaces where we’re invited to uncover layers of our existence.
Similarly, in Stratascope Forest I we are confronted with a plot of land – a stone square with branches – reminiscent of those colonial stonewalls that run for miles through thick New England forest. Before the trees took over again, what did this space look like? How do we shape our spaces today – forest, suburban, urban? And perhaps a more important question: what will be our “stonewalls” around which exploring children of a future time will play?
The answers are many and personal, but the similar lines and curves of freestanding, refined shapes within the installation’s perimeter beckon us to discover our own personal paths. Should a viewer decide to play, they may be surprised to see their action recorded and projected back into the space itself, documenting an increasingly buried record of activity within a video’s delayed and spiraling loop. As time moves forward and more changes are made to the installation, this space momentarily holds its memories of the recent past before our image is “buried” under layers of time.
Here you have a fabricated forest with visible layers of action. It’s your space to shape… now play.
Don Burton, November 2007