Artist-made vessels, creative expeditions, dramatic tragedies or alternative communities at the see: the Parrish Art Museum will show works created on water by contemporary artists.
The Parrish Art Museum will present “Radical Seafaring”, the first museum survey of artists’ site-specific projects on the water, including journeys, actions, experiments and performances by artists from the United States, Brazil, France, Japan, the Netherlands, and Mexico.
“The increasing number of works created on the water by contemporary artists is approaching the critical mass of a movement like Land Art,” said exhibition organizer Andrea Grover, Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish. “The ‘offshore art’ projects in Radical Seafaring represent a new form of expression that is especially powerful and timely as climatologists anticipate the effects of rising sea levels, changes in weather patterns, and the impact on coastal zones—especially when one considers that half the world’s population live within 200 miles of a sea coast.”
The multidisciplinary exhibition, publication, and program initiative features twenty-five artists or collectives with works that range from artist-made vessels, to documentation of creative expeditions, to speculative designs for alternative communities at sea. The exhibition, featuring projects dating from 1968 to 2016, is organized by four themes: Exploration, the quest for new experiences; Liberation, self-reliance, the desire to shape one’s world, and utopian impulses; Fieldwork, hands-on, methodological information-gathering about the environment; and Speculation, using waterways as the stage upon which to build other realities.