Go back in time with us to the end of the Pleistocene epoch, 13,000 years ago, when glaciers covered North America. Discover what changes were taking place in the environment and why some animals survived while others, like masto-dons and sabre toothed-lions did not.
Science Talk: Jeffrey Kerby, is a Visiting Arctic Fellow at Dartmouth College. His research touches on elements of community, landscape, and behavioral ecology, and has recently focused on gelada monkeys and large Arctic herbivores. He is interested in how life history traits mediate species interactions, particularly in highly seasonal and rapidly changing environments of the Arctic and alpine regions of Africa.
Artist Walk: The contributing artists, Bob Shannahan and Wendy Klemperer will take us along the lighted pathway through the meadow to examine the Ice Age Mammals up close. We’ll explore the types of adaptations they used to survive the snow and ice-covered world just 13,000 years ago and learn about their processes in researching and building the life-sized sculptures.
Following the walk, warm up with some refreshments and cocoa!
For more information call 802.359.5000.
Four Outside Locations in Summit, Nj
11/01/16 through 12/01/17
Shadow Migration exhibits animal silhouettes cut from steel plates and installed throughout four locations in Summit, NJ. Klemperer investigates animal populations that were threatened in the 20th century, but are now rebounding and showing up in “our backyard.” Wild animals are finding their way into suburban and urban environments even as human populations sprawl into their natural habitats. While many species populations have been destroyed, some are adapting and thriving on the largesse of urban and suburban life. Hawks dive from high rise cornices to feast on the rich urban population of pigeons and rats; bears walk through New Jersey neighborhoods; and coyotes are turning up many boroughs of NYC.
Klemperer’s animal silhouettes are shadows, essences of their worldly form that appear fleeting and at times fleeing. Migration is inherent to both humans and animals, as natural and manmade changes force movement to more hospitable regions. The steel forms are punctuated with cutouts in the shape of countries from around the world. Each animal is a melting pot, bearing countries on its body that are also represented in the US population, a country that has been and continues to be built on immigrants. The nations represented are also a record of where that animal once thrived, or, at times, where they are most threatened. Shadow Migration invites contemplation of nature in an urban setting and of the circumstances of natural diversity in a modern world.
The silhouettes in this exhibition are based on three-dimensional sculptures made from salvaged steel that Klemperer exhibits, some of them permanent, throughout the United States.
The pieces now sited at four locations in Summit ( two quadrants at the Summit train station, Elm Park, and downtown) were originally exhibited at Court Square Park, Queens, NY, thanks to a generous grant from the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award and NYC Parks.
Countries you may find in the animals: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Croatia, Dominican Republic Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Phillippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, & Yemen
NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program is proud to announce Wendy Klemperer as the 2015 recipient of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award. Her work Shadow Migration is a site specific installation of 10 steel animals including deer, fox, bear, wolf and others. The exhibition is on view in Court Square Park, Queens from November 7, 2015 through November 2016. The $10,000 award is granted annually in memory of Clare Weiss, Parks’ Curator of Public Art from 2005 to 2009.
Shadow Migration exhibits animal silhouettes cut from steel plates and installed throughout the park. Klemperer investigates animal populations that were threatened in the 20th century, but are now rebounding and showing up in “our backyard.” Wild animals are finding their way into suburban and urban environments as human populations sprawl into their natural habitats. While many species populations have been destroyed, some are adapting and thriving on the largesse of urban life. Hawks dive from high rise cornices to feast on the rich urban population of pigeons and rats; bears walk through New Jersey neighborhoods; and just several blocks from Court Square Park, a coyote found its way to a rooftop in Long Island City.
Klemperer’s animal silhouettes are shadows, essences of their worldly form that appear fleeting and at times fleeing. Migration is inherent to both humans and animals, as natural and manmade changes force movement to more hospitable regions. The steel forms are punctuated with cutouts in the shape of countries from around the world. Each animal is a melting pot, bearing countries on its body that are also represented in Queens’ population—the most diverse community in the world. The nations represented are a record of where that animal once thrived. Shadow Migration invites contemplation of nature in an urban setting and of the circumstances of natural diversity in a modern world.
View more images in the Outdoor Installations Gallery.
Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award
Wendy Klemperer: Shadow Migrations
November 7, 2015–November 6, 2016
Court Square Park, Queens
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Court Square West and Thompson Avenue
November 7, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
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Shadow Migration probes the phenomenon of animal populations threatened in the 20th century, which in recent years made startling comebacks to the wilderness, to ever expanding suburbs, and further still into the urban world. Bears are in the garbage, deer in the garden, hawks dive from the cornices of high rises to feast on the rich urban population of pigeons and rats. Like the latter “pests”, synanthopic wild animals adapt and thrive on the largesse of urban life.
How far will these creatures infiltrate? What is the response from urbanites accustomed to wildlife mainly through zoos or Facebook animal dynamics to this “intrusion”? The sculptures portray a range of species, many of which are now showing up in “our backyards”. Cut from steel plate, these silhouettes (of large gestural sculptures I have made over the years) are shadows, essences of the original. They appear fleeting, and sometimes fleeing, as many migrants are, both animal and human.
Negative spaces delineate the animals’ form, at times taking the shape of countries. Contours of many nations meld with the abstract shapes forming the sculptures. The park environment shows through this network structure, filling in the silhouettes. Each animal is a melting pot in itself, a species bearing on its body the maps of many countries. All of these nations are represented in the population of Queens- the most diverse community in the world. The countries mapped on each animal are ones where that animal once thrived and are often now endangered.
Creatures adapt as environmental shifts demand. Migration is inherent to animals and to humans, as changes- natural and manmade- force movement to more hospitable climes. Evolution is always in flux.
This installation invites contemplation on the nature of Nature in an urban setting, and under what circumstances diversity prevails.
Who does belong? Who can “We” accept?
This summer I was very pleased to be invited as a fellowship artist at Franconia Sculpture Park.
There is a new form framing the horizon here at Franconia. Where there used to be corn fields now stands Predator/Prey Constellation, Open Studio Fellowship Artist Wendy Klemperer’s most recent creation. Her largest work to date, the new sculpture is comprised of seven steel animal silhouettes (the artist cut them from steel plate by hand with a plasma cutter, and welded the giant frame) suspended by chains from a 25-foot, x-shaped support structure. On windy days the beasts sway and clink in the breeze, and when the sun is out they cast shadows across the ground. The images are derived from silhouettes of previous sculptures that come together here in a new iteration. The work, monumental and raw, is both in line with and unlike any of her past pieces.
For more information, see the “Meet the Artists” section for Wendy Klemperer on the Franconia Sculpture Park website.
Thanks to a generous donor, my sculpture VINS Eagle was permanently installed at the entrance of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science 6565 Woodstock Road,,
Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on making high-quality, compelling, and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.
In 2014 I was pleased be selected for a residency at Stanislaus National Forest in Sonoma, CA. I spent two beautiful weeks there in November, staying warm at night in a cozy cabin, exploring the rugged and varied landscape by day. I hiked, rode horseback, photographed, drew, and worked on small sculpture. My residency included giving a day long stick sculpture workshop, and I will be donating a small sculpture to the National Forest’s collection.
Several art bloggers wrote reviews and comments on the show Vapors and Squalls, or Mediums curated by Paul D’Agostino