If you have not immersed yourself in an exhibition of installation art, there are two opportunities in our area to do so. Before you go to see these exhibits, read about installation art in this issue of A! Magazine. Heather Harvey writes about its history; and artists David Mazure and Betty Branch describe their installations.
What is Installation Art?
Installation art interacts with its environment in ways that are difficult to pin
down. Each installation has its own character and meaning.
According to ArtAndCulture.com, "An artist takes over an installation space like a temporary squatter whose clutter of possessions challenges boundaries and sparks dialogue between the space itself and its contents....Despite the fact that installation art usually presents itself in the context of the gallery, it is not typical gallery art because it has little, if any, commercial value. Installation art must be displayed and subsequently dismantled, leaving documentation as its only trace."
Where can you see Installation Art?
• Closing Aug. 22, 2010: David Mazure's installation is part of the exhibition "Cohabitants" at William King Museum in Abingdon, Va. 276-628-5005, www.williamkingmuseum.org
• July 24-Sept. 25, 2010: "Peripheral Vision" showcases work by sculptor Betty Branch at three venues on the campus of Emory & Henry College. 276-944-6846, www.ehc.edu
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"Cohabitants" Installation at William King Museum