Saturday, April 02, 2016

The Cabinet of Curiosities at ArtFields

(Above:  Me and my Cabinet of Curiosities at ArtFields in Lake City, SC.  Click on any image in this blog post to enlarge.)

Yesterday was April Fools' Day.  I thought it a perfect occasion to rent a high-topped cargo van.  Why?  Well, only "a fool" would create a piece of artwork too large for her own mini-cargo van, right?  The fool is me ... but I couldn't help myself.  This piece took on a life of its own and was pure joy to make.  It needed to be the size it became.  It deserved the expense of special transportation. 

(Above:  The Cabinet of Curiosities ... just one view.  The work was created to for viewing "in the round".)

Before packing up all the curiosities, I snapped photos and printed them.  These images certainly helped speed up the placement of all the objects once we were in Lake City at the R.O.B., one of the many venues for ArtFields 2016.  (R.O.B. stands for the Ragsdale Old Building which was once a tobacco warehouse and charcoal briquette factory.  It is now used for various local events. There are 22,000 square feet inside the building ... and it will be filled with art during ArtFields.)

(Above:  The Cabinet of Curiosities, another view of the entire, sculptural artwork.)

Much of the artwork that will be displayed during ArtFields was already in the building but not much was hung.  For me, this was great!  It meant I could easily snap photos with empty wall space in the background.  This was one of the reasons I wanted to install early.  ArtFields doesn't start until April 22.  It runs through April 30th.

Steve and I worked as quickly as we could, took pictures, and headed back to Columbia.  Because we had the rental cargo van, we scheduled another installation at 6 PM that night.  I'll blog about that project on another day ... likely after putting on the finishing touches next Wednesday.  For now, here are the photos I took of The Cabinet of Curiosities.  Just scroll down to enjoy them!


Shasta Matova said...

This is incredible. How much did it cost to gather all the stuff to put in it? I went to the thrift store today and they had a big jar full of costume jewelry but it was pricey!

Amy Art Quilter & Fyber Cafe said...

I've been waiting to see this all put together, WOW! What an amazing collection of tidbits. It's taller than I expected, no wonder you needed a taller van. In your previous posts you talked about how so many of the pieces had personal memories to go with them, I have "junk drawers" too, with a wide assortment of treasures I just can't part with. They would mean nothing to someone else, but I just can't throw them away. You have memorialized all the ephemera of life.