Opening May 29, 3-10pm
A site-responsive, outdoor installation pairing custom benches with sculptures, sounds, and text to create a meandering path within the landscape of Sweet Pass Sculpture Park. Craving touch and intimacy, Desire Paths attends to the tactile and topographical body of the landscape. Lengths of brightly colored ropes weave through the park, tracing a simple line drawing across lush green fauna and inviting visitors to mirror, or playfully subvert, its direction. Planted along this route are an edition of six custom benches, acting as islands, nodes, or way stations— individual stars within a larger constellation. Each bench facilitates a sculpture made by the individual members of MATERIAL GIRLS in response to the broader theme. In proximity to each bench, visitors will find a small mirror engraved with an enigmatic symbol. These plaques tie the artworks to words and images found in a correlating zine, co-authored by the collective.
Material Girls are a non-hierachical, feminist collective from NY, Austin and LA. Core members include Cameron Cameron, Claire Lachow, Devra Freelander, Gracelee Lawrence, Rachael Starbuck, and Hilliary Gabryel.
SP2 presents two video works by Claudia Bitran; Falling (2018) and a new trailer for A Deep Emotion, Bitran’s frame for frame remake of James Cameron’s Titanic. As part of a Sweet Pass sponsored workshop in Dallas this spring, Bitran worked with local artists and students to help complete her film. Portions of this footage will be included in her trailer also on view from May 29 - July 31, 2021.
From graphite animations to handmade movie props, these video works re-render moments of collapse using the kinetic energy of failure to harness a familiar digital vertigo. As a cardboard Titanic sinks, a figure falls from a chair and a ladybug tumbles off the page - each moment simultaneously tragic, comedic, and relatable.