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Art Conditions

04.06.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

The thing that first caught my eye about Minnesota’s Art Shanty Projects was the mission statement (emphasis mine):

“Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.”

A frozen lake struck me as a fantastic addition to the catalog of overlooked public niche spaces we’ve talked about before, and one with compelling implications and challenges. Aesthetically, the stark, uninterrupted backdrop evokes a sort of deconstructed museum space, showcasing the whimsical shanties and their performers. Creating art in such an entirely unscripted location is a fascinating prospect – anything could happen.

And, it appears, anything does: the four-weekend exhibition held on the frozen Medicine Lake in Minnesota is self-proclaimed “performance, architecture, science, art, video... More