By Scottish Artist Aeneas Wilder
Watch an Artist Make His Sculpture Over Time and
Break His Sculpture in an Instant
Building Performance and Installation: July 17-26 Display from July 27-September 3 Breaking Ceremony, September 3 at 4pm
|Artist Aeneas Wilder
creating Untitled No. 133
Both scientific and artistic ideas demand a constant flow of intellectual “making” and “breaking.” The Exploratorium makes this experimental process literal in a new artwork in which the public can observe Scottish artist Aeneas Wilder, known for transient artworks that are architectural-like structures, stacked and balanced, but never fastened, create Untitled No. 133 out of wood. In a kind of live building performance leading to a sculptural installation in the Exploratorium’s Seeing Gallery, Wilder makes Untitled No. 133 from July 17-July 27. The new work will then be on view from July 27-September 3, 2007. The public can catch Wilder build his sculpture, laboriously adding to it day by day, through the ten-day building process. On Labor Day, September 3 at 4pm, the Exploratorium will break the sculpture, and the public can watch what represents copious hours of labor and focused attention fall to the floor, reduced to the materials it originated from. This work is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.
With Untitled No. 133, the public can observe the fits and starts of taking new roads, the scrapping of ideas that don’t work, the willingness to go to an unknown destination, that is part of the making and breaking of the artistic process. The pursuit of both art and science require curiosity, the ability to be attentive to new phenomena, and the ability to observe while in the hot pursuit of an idea.
Aeneas Wilder’s sculpture Untitled No. 133 is a working metaphor for the transience of thoughts and the slow building of a concept. Wilder uses no hardware to keep the work intact; the piece is always on the edge of falling, like an idea that needs to die before a new one can be born. His performance installation points to one’s own attitudes towards work, repetition, and the nature of the creative process.
Untitled No. 133 is presented at the Exploratorium simultaneously with Oops! A Make-Break Fest, a series of summer programs that appeals to the “maker” in all of us.
About the Artist
Scotsman Aeneas Wilder has spent the past five years erecting towering sculptures of fragile bits of wood without any nails or adhesive and then kicking them apart. It seems like an exercise in futility, but it's actually a powerful lesson in impermanence. Among his recent solo exhibitions are shows at Musee de Gajac, Villeneuve sur Lot, France; “Empirical Association”, Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand; “Empirical Association”, Artcourt Gallery, Osaka, Japan; Association Pollen, Monflanquin, France; “Videodokumentarisk “,Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway; “New Projects” Gallery C Square, Nagoya, Japan; Gallery La Vie, Morioka, Japan; “New Project”, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan