Saturday, October 3, 2009

This work of art made me rethink how to approach it because it seems so unconventional. Basically it consists of several wooden frames and beds that move water from one place to the next. There is also elaborate tubing involved in the process, but the most interesting part is what is contained in the beds. Some have rocks, others fungus, and one section at the end is filled with plants. This retroactively turns the entire thing into a living work of art which with the pumps attached seems like it could maintain itself. This may be one of the most unique pieces of art that I’ve looked at all semester.
Artist CARLOS DEGROOT cultivates life and growth in artificially constructed environments, while also allowing for natural deterioration, decay, and renewal. His ephemeral and entropic landscapes are developed around the life of water and carefully chosen plants; they include a textured range of materials from urban and "natural" terrains. In DEGROOT’s latest work, architecture and agriculture interact to explore the long- and short-term life cycles encountered in our own physical, psychological, and spiritual environment(s).