Museum of (Un)Natural History
June 3- 12, 2012
WORK Gallery is pleased to present Museum of (Un) Natural History featuring new sculptures and a street installation by artist Kim Holleman. The Museum is a collection of environments that have all been drastically physically and/or psychologically changed by human intervention. Using mostly synthetic materials, noxious chemicals, and items culled from the trash or found on the street, Holleman creates models of parks, empty lots, nostalgic structures and architectural futures. Each miniaturized landscape represents and critiques our consumptive habits and land use, the visual results of which are both fantastical and grim. Hazardous threats to the environment’s natural balance overwhelm the landscapes, leaving an eerie beauty in the wake of irreversible destruction.
In a truck lot adjacent to the Museum is Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park, a “portable, natural, public park” inside an RV trailer. The interior is an actual park, where visitors go inside to go outside. Masonry paths, a waterfall, and the splendor of living shrubs, trees are ready for dispatch to wherever a green refuge is needed.
Museum of (Un)Natural History
Trailer Park mobile installation
WORK Gallery is pleased to present Trailer Park, a portable natural public park housed inside an 18' x 8' x 7' mobile Coachmen Travel Trailer. The interior is fully planted designed and treated as a “real” park. Hand-laid brick planter beds containing lush shrubs trees, and plants are complimented by masonry laid in the same tradition as public parks. Ivy climbs the walls where a naturalistic slate rock waterfall and pond provides the soothing sound of trickling water. Concrete and wooden benches invite visitors to rest and enjoy the park view. Skylights provide rays of sunlight beaming in kissing the interior.
Trailer Park is a site of paradox. It is nonfunctional, yet completely functional in its repurpose. The trailer is convertible and mobile. Modifications to the interior include a drip irrigation system fed from water tanks under the trailer body and can also be fed by a city water connection. Trailer Park can be powered by battery or plug into a standard 110v electrical outlet.
All visitors to the Trailer Park can walk inside to go for a stroll in the park. If you cannot go to the park the park can go to you. By going inside you will be able to go outside. A mobile metaphor and transcendent experience. Trailer Park’s transformation is so complete, it brings nature to us, making us the destination.
Since it’s first showing at The Storefront For Art and Architecture in 2006, Trailer Park has shown all over New York, and was shown in October 2008 as part of “Living Room,” a city-wide show curated by Flux Factory and in conjunction with Open House NY. Trailer Park was open to the public at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan opposite the Supreme Court and City Hall and has also shown at NYStudio Gallery, as well as Brook Park in the Bronx.
This exhibition was part of the WORK Gallery solo exhibition program. For six months, April through August 2011, WORK Gallery executed an ambitious series of solo exhibitions, mounting two solo shows per month. Each exhibition was accompanied by an artist talk with a guest speaker, often from another profession leading, to encourage new ideas, and cross-disciplinary discussion.