THE SKOWHEGAN INDIAN
With Samantha Adler De Oliveira, 2013
Blog, site-specific video installation
In the summer of 2013, video artist Samantha Adler De Oliveira and I were participants at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. As resident artists we began researching about the 62ft (atop a 20 ft base) tall Skowhegan Indian sculpture that stood at the edge of the central parking lot. Engaging with the sculpture exactly a year before its long awaited and much controversial restoration, the research became a portal into the history and the personality of the town of Skowhegan. Our research consisted of documenting the run up to the restoration by interviewing the people involved, the future urban plans of downtown Skowhegan and archiving newspaper articles about the sculpture, the sculptor Bernard Langlais and related topics. Drawing from this research were a few sketches of ideas that looked at the narrative of large monumental public sculptures and their home surroundings. The research culminated into a dynamic blog/archive for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, with the hope that in the subsequent years participants engaging with sculpture add their research and sketches to it.
With Samantha Adler De Oliveira
HD video, 4:30 mins
Zoom was a site-specific video installation projected in the window of an abandoned building floor. It plays with the proximity and visibility of the Skowhegan Indian sculpture to the town and towns-people of Skowhegan.
As you stand on Water Street, looking across at the windows above Karen's Kloset, you watch the video projected in the window, transport you through the exact geographical location— through the window, through the abandoned legal office, through car windows and doors in the main parking lot on the parallel street and finally through the tall green trees to look the Skowhegan Indian in the eye.