The Aldrich's focus for the first half of 2012 on artists' use of found materials and objects continues with FOUND Outside, six works sited in the Museum's Sculpture Garden. The works were originally commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City through their Emerging Artist Fellowship Program and were shown at the Park as part of the 2011 EAF Exhibition. The works included in FOUND Outside were chosen for exhibition at The Aldrich not only for their exploration of the concept of "found," but also because of the varied ways they forge meaning through their materiality. The siting of each piece has taken advantage of the varied situations and opportunities available in the Museum's landscape.
Joy Curtis's bronze column made from casts of architectural fragments is sited in a grove of pines on the garden's southern border; Ethan Greenbaum's "frieze" of illusionistic, vacuum-formed plastic panels is installed on the exterior of the Museum facing the parking lot; Jason Clay Lewis's tower-like sculpture made from engraved oil drums stands in the open glade on the north side of the garden; Saul Melman's ethereal sculpture composed of translucent doors emerges from a sharply sloping hillside; Jessica Segall's construction fabricated from pillows and cushions cast in concrete sits like a child's fort on the lawn; and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak's paved map of the United States (made with salvaged brick) conforms to the amphitheater-like steps of the Museum's entry terrace.