Art in the wood
– a small exhibition for everyone with a curious disposition, especially children
25. June – 4. September 2011
Fencing off the arts
A kind of fence greets you. The fence is tall and uniform and acts rather like a wall. As you move along the fence, light begins to shine out of the cracks between the planks. You can make out the outline of something hiding in there. There is a room inside the fence. A room occupied by sculptures and objects made out of wood.
On the other side of the tall fence is an entire landscape make out of wood. From this side, the fence is more like dense shrubbery or the edge of a forest. To find the works you need to enter small niches, crouch down, or stand on tiptoe. Some works are found deep inside – others you might never discover because they are hidden so well. Sometimes it may simply be the other people at the exhibition that you glimpse between the cracks. From a hillside you can get an overview of the landscape and take a rest.
The entire installation has been built out of old wooden shipping pallets and consists out of two parts: One lying down, and one upright, in stacks.
In the vertical part the pallets are used whole, halved, or quartered, and minor displacements between them creates glimpses and spaces; these spaces are sometimes occupied by objects and sometimes left empty like tiny exhibitions of the space itself.
In the horizontal stacked piece the pallets shape a single, angled plane that rises up against the walls of the space. The pallets have been adapted to each other and form a single object – an incision or a biopsy of a landscape – a piece of constructed nature.
The pallets are easily recognisable as such and share the same shape. Nevertheless, they each tell their own story. They have a range of marks showing us where they come from in the world, and they carry scratches and marks from their travels.
When do the pallets form the framework around the exhibition, and when are they the exhibition itself? This is left deliberately ambiguous. There are no signs or ropes by the works. The shifts and displacements of the pallets themselves form the limits between you, the room, and the sculptures. The dramatic lighting supports this duality. The room is left dark while light emerges from inside the pallet structures. In some places the sculptures are brightly lit. Elsewhere a small section of the space between the pallets is outlined by the light, suddenly becoming something special.
Ida Flarup is an architect and primarily works with installation and exhibition design. She is affiliated with the museum workshops as an educator, where her work includes arranging workshops for children and young adults about architecture, installation art, and curating.