Bartram’s Boxes Remix, a new collaborative exhibition with Bartram’s Garden, will be on display at the Center for Art in Wood at 141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, from May 2 – July 19, 2014.
In the spirit of John Bartram’s desire to share his passion for trees and other plants, the Center put the call out to artists to propose and create works in wood and other materials, inspired by 13 types of trees which fell at Bartram’s Garden during a dramatic wind and rain storm that took place several years ago. Artists had the option to select from the 13 types of wood found onsite. This exhibition celebrates John Bartram’s legacy of discovery, providing a unique opportunity for artists to “remix” the history, materials and inspiration of one of America’s oldest gardens in their work.
The response was overwhelming with over 100 proposals submitted from around the world. A total of 32 works were selected from artists spanning 3 continents, and their work is beautifully presented in this exhibition which remixes the history, materials and inspiration of one of America’s oldest gardens as never before. Bartram’s Boxes Remix continues a “Challenge” series initiated by the Center in 1987, which has provided emerging and established international artists with a dynamic forum for advancing new work.
Throughout the exhibition, the Center and Bartram’s Garden will host community events, workshops, and artist lectures for the public. Several works will also be on display during the Bartram’s Garden Spring Plant Sale, May 2-4. The hardcover book, “Bartram’s Boxes Remix,” will be available for purchase beginning May 2, featuring 176 pages filled with 280 full-color illustrations and images. Following the end of the exhibit’s run at the Center, the show is scheduled to travel to several other locations through 2016. For further details, please visit: centerforartinwood.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions.