The Artpark Idea Series: Owen Morrel
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Artist residencies played a crucial role in establishing Artpark as a pioneering and influential arts organization and are key to our development. To raise awareness and funds for future residency programs, Artpark is launching a series of conversations with eight notable artists.
Hosted by Dr. Anthony Bannon and Artpark’s President, Sofya (Sonia) Clark, attendees will be able to engage with the artists live via Zoom.
Click here to view the full Artpark Idea Series schedule
Founded in 1974, Artpark soon became one of the leading locations for the land art movement, inviting hundreds of artists to build temporary works on site. The "Artpark Idea" was to create a place where visitors became active participants perceiving objects over time -- from shifting perspectives and in relationship to the architecture. A place where art, public, and site become inextricably intertwined.
Artistic creation at Artpark generated immediate social, historical, and ecological implications that artists embraced and incorporated into their processes. The result was art that belonged where it was and where the relationship between creator and receiver was dynamic and alive. How this idea influenced the artists then and what it may be now is in the center of our discussions with the artists and audience.
Artpark is grateful to Stanzi Vaubel and Indeterminacy Consulting Group for putting the idea forward for this series.
Owen Morrel has been creating prominent site-specific sculpture for over 40 years. His first major conceptual work, "Desk Axis," in which the viewer could sit at a desk floating off the roof of a 6-story building in Brooklyn, launched him into the New York art scene of the 1970’s and 80’s during which time he created several major public installations and had work exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe. Since then, his career has expanded further into the public sphere, where his large works have been commissioned by colleges and universities, state and city governments and community groups all across the world. His public sculptures include a 110-foot observation deck over the Niagara River ("Omega" at Artpark), a 40-foot long mirrored geometric interactive “illusion” and a moveable compass that tells discontinuous time. Owen and his work feature in documentaries, books, newspapers and magazines with articles in ArtNews, Art Forum, Sculpture, The New York Times, New York Magazine and many more.
Limited edition print
Owen has generously donated a limited number of signed 30" x 20" prints of his 1980 Artpark installation "Omega." They are available now with a minimum donation of $250 to benefit future artist residencies at Artpark. Click here to donate now. An Artpark representative will then contact you to confirm shipping details.
While not able to participate in person, Agnes Denes (Artpark artist in 1977-79) has invited you to participate in her latest project -- a time capsule. Click here to complete a questionnaire to be included in a time capsule in London. It will collect the experiences of living through the pandemic and will be opened in the year 3020.