Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have filled the Dumbo Arts Center with their enormous site-specific installation The Experience of Green. Opening September 25, 2009, the exhibition emphasizes the contrast between the organic and the built environment. Viewers step out of Dumbo’s stark brick-and-glass commercial district into a fantastical forest; a walk-through labyrinth of old growth trees made entirely from red kraft paper. The spectacular network of gnarled tree trunks and twisted roots extends over every inch of the gallery, suspending the boundaries of space and time while fully immersing the viewer.
The Experience of Green is Kavanaugh and Nguyen's most ambitious work to date as well as the artists' first major debut in NYC of their ongoing collaborative series of visually phenomenal, meticulously crafted paper installations. Here, the staggering volume of paper that the artists stack, splice, layer and coil is in a brilliant crimson, burning an impression in the viewers’ mind. The Experience of Green may come most clearly into focus only after viewers exit the gallery, the color persisting as an optical after-image, accentuating the relationship between experience and memory, landscape and longing, nature and the sublime.
DAC and the artists acknowledge the following for making The Experience of Green possible: The Walentas Family and Two Trees Mangement Co. LLC, who generously donated a studio space for six months to the artists; DAC Board Members, Michael Murray, CEO surroundart, and Jake Salik, CEO, Talas, whose efforts substantially cut production costs, Anna Kraske, Attorney, for legal counsel, and Alex Fisher, chairman of the Androscoggin Gun Club, for providing the sparkle.
DAC and the artists would also like to gratefully acknowledge the installation team who helped build The Experience of Green: Emerson Atkins, Samuel Desir, Allyson L. Feeney, Christina Fleuron Dahl, Jaume Guerra, Joshua Henerickson, Cassandra Johnson, Micaela O'Leary, Mascha Logaceva, Lauren McManama, Allison Meier, Stephen Symbolik, Scott Valentine, Anna Wilcox, Janay Combris, Katie Fox, Sonia Hendler, Tanya Merrill, Alma Peguero, Kerry Ratel, Ipek Ulusoy, Jenny Acosta, Xizi Chen, Giovanni Espejel, Alexandra Halky, Shannon Legg, Sophia Matsu, Sara Minsky, Elisabeth Piland and Skylar Gibbons-Reich.
The Experience of Green, a full-color catalog with accompanying essay by Jen Schwarting, will be published by DAC in December, 2009.
DAC will be open until 8:30PM October 1 and November 5. We are a proud participant in the Dumbo First Thursday gallery walk series.