The environment as art studio: Nexus' "Ground Play"

Ground Play: NEXUS at The Schuylkill Center from Jennie Thwing on Vimeo.

Most environmental art exhibits and displays take place in fairly conventional settings: galleries, museums, or coffee shops. Nexus, a Philadelphia-based artist collective, has accepted an invitation from the the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education to use its Brolo Hill Farm site as both studio and exhibition space in order to “consider both the agricultural and cultural conditions that might have existed on the site when the farm was active, and examines the implications of those dynamics in today’s environmental climate.”

The exhibit, “Ground Play,” opens on September 19th, and features the work of six Nexus artists in various media that use the farm’s land and buildings as both work space and canvas. From examining the changing landscape through the impact of invasive species to exploring the musical potential of the winds on the site, the artists in this exhibit combines aesthetics with science to highlight the site’s natural environment, and its history of human impact.

“Ground Play” is just one of several environmental art events along the Schuylkill River. If you get a chance to check any of them out, let us know what you thought…



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