I love The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and it's been my pleasure to work with them over the last year developing an installation in conjunction with their outstanding education department. The work has been constructed over the summer and we start installing it all this week. Here's a view of what my studio looks like right now:
The starting point for my idea was a carved wood piece in the Crocker's collection, a Papuan spirit canoe occupied by various human and animal figures, knowing that it would have intrigued the five-year old me. I've built my own version - a life-size boat with it's own "crew"and surrounding environment. I hope that children feel drawn in and compelled to explore it and lose themselves in imaginative games of their own invention.
I’ve avoided anything that leads into a specific guided activity - I recall the thing that always kept me engaged with art at an early age was its ambiguity and mystery, and I still think that intangibility is one of Art’s biggest assets in our very analyzed and explained world.
You can follow the installation process on Facebook or Instagram and of course at The Crocker.
Opening of the installation is Sunday, September 10th, 10.30am to 1.30pm when The Museum will be throwing Super Sunday Playday. In addition to my installation and redesign of the Tot Land space there will be two other interactive Art Spots installations, children's art making activities, music and entertainment. Museum admission is free for kids 6 and under, and youth 7 -17 are $5.