Artist Talk at the Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre:
I went to a talk last Friday where two featuring artists and a curator opened up the discussion of public art. The question of where ‘meaning’ was located at and the idea of the environmental landscape as something mutable and not set, were ideas brought up throughout this event. For artist, Andrew Ranville -he questioned the traditional concept of what a ‘public space’ is. The idea that ‘protected spaces’, such as national parks and forests becoming part of the definition of public space- was what he worked closely with. This urge to create a space that did not exist before, for people to come and interact in these new environments was the driving force behind his projects.
Everyone in the panel shared this deep appreciation for the natural landscape and of a ‘light touch’ on the environment. Breaking away from the traditional way public art is presented as something ‘permanent’ in a naturally temporal setting of nature is a new idea I’ve come away with from this talk.