My friend Ben Knight hosts a show every year at the Vale of Cashmere in Prospect Park called Our Ocean is a Park. This year I did a piece called An Object for a Future I’ll Never See which was made using a 24″x24″x3/4″ piece of smooth plywood painted white. My idea was to make an object that would be submerged part way in the swampy water, creating the illusion that it was bigger than it initially appeared. I had gotten the title from an idea for a series of paintings called, surprisingly enough, Paintings for a Future I’ll Never See which I have yet to make. This is part of a project that I call Future Living Projects which I’ll try and explain at another time. Here is a link to the catalog. Below is a statement that Ben, an artist himself, kindly wrote for the online catalog he created about the show.
Brian Higbee and the Future Living Project’s contribution to the show, An Object for a Future I’ll Never See, came in the form of a SuperStudio-esque object. Much like SuperStudio’s 1969 Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization, (see website) it questions the limits of an object and how we perceive and conceive it’s dimensions. Does the object extend to the center of the Earth? Or possibly to the other side of the Earth? Similar to Piero Manzoni’s Socle Du Monde (Pedestal for the World) (see website) we are to question the space and context around the object, more than the object itself.
Here is an image of the piece as it was installed in the park and below that is an image of the piece from the year before called Tip of the Iceberg.