Outer Seed Shadow #01
Outer Seed Shadow #01
OSS #01 is an investigation about the diversity of migrant communities and their experiences in New York City through flora.
OSS #01 is an investigation about the diversity of migrant communities and their experiences in New York City through flora. Read more
Outer Seed Shadow is a project by artist Juanli Carrión that will take the form of a public art installation in 2014. Over the past year the artist has been carrying out interviews with immigrants living across Manhattan, allowing them to tell their stories of arrival in their own words and symbolically, in the form of plants they’ve selected that best represent themselves and their countries of origin.
With the great variety of plants derived from dozens of interviews, the artist is creating a 2,000 square foot interactive community garden in the shape of Manhattan to be installed in May 2014 in Duarte Square located at Hudson Square District in Manhattan.
Outer Seed Shadow is an art project created by the community and for the community—a public space where all people can find themselves represented and that reflects contemporary stories of immigration to New York City. It is at once public art, historical document and community hub, providing a new space in the urban landscape for recreation and sharing new knowledge.
Over a six-month period, the garden will be at the core of a series of free public programming that will include workshops, lectures, and guided visits.
Outer Seed Shadow needs YOU to grow! In order to be able to offer more public programming and to make the garden 100% handicap accessible, we are seeking donations from the public.
Your contribution is very important!
If successful, this Kickstarter will cover the cost to make Outer Seed Shadow's garden a reality. I want to make Outer Seed Shadow #01 the most inclusive community garden in NYC, and like any community garden we need the support of the community to be successful.
Your support will help fund the creation of this garden, from design to creation. A public art project of this scale requires not only tools and materials, but a community of people to help us make it a reality. I am currently working with ORE design + technology to create the architectural plans, and during the installation we will need the help of builders, gardeners, volunteers, and more. Moreover, I want to be able to offer more public programming and to make the garden 100% handicap-accessible.
Utilizing site-specific interventions, photography, video, installation, sculpture and drawing, my artistic practice arises through an interest in how mankind deals with its surrounding landscapes, and the sociopolitical relationships that these landscapes develop with existing human operating systems. My work concerns the nature of human behavior, collectively and as individuals, and speaks to the limits of human existence by questioning the strategies used to represent reality and reconstruct human identity. Every project works as a research of the natural, social and political landscapes of the place where the project is conceived, producing—through the interplay of these landscapes—a series of results that speak of concrete ideas latent in the workplace.
My recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Contemporary Art Museum of the Basque Country ARTIUM in 2011-12. I was also nominated for the best new photographer by the ICP International Center of Photography in 2011. My work has been shown at La Casa Encendida, Museum of Illustration and Modernity ofValencia (Spain); Art Institute of Chicago and Brooklyn Academy of Music (USA); Ex-Teresa Museum, San Luís Potosi Center for the Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum of Oaxaca (Mexico); The Royal West of England Academy (UK), and the National Museum of Art (Trinidad & Tobago) among others. I have participated in different programs and artist residencies including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace (2012), Kuona Trust Artist Studios in Kenya (2006) and The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) (2011). In 2012, I was awarded the prestigious Visual Arts Prize “Generación 2012” by Caja Madrid.
We have already started! Since May of 2012, I have interviewed over 30 participants. I am currently working with ORE design + technology to complete the architectural plans. If this Kickstarter is funded, we will begin construction in April 2014 and Outer Seed Shadow #01 will open to the public in June 2014. Between December 2013 and March 2014 we will not be resting! We will continue to interview participants, creating the website that will serve as an archive for the project, and we will continue to make educational partners to provide free workshops, tours and more at the garden.
Your support will be forever memorialized on our website and imprinted on a sign at Outer Seed Shadow #01 in Duarte Square for the duration of the exhibition.
Your support will be forever memorialized + Your choice of 3 different limited edition handmade 6" x 4"original prints signed by the artist. First come first serve so pledge early to reserve your desired print!
Your support will be forever memorialized + own a piece of history! Your choice of a plant from Outer Seed Shadow #01 to have forever in your home or garden. Pick up only.
Your support will be forever memorialized + Your choice of 3 different limited edition handmade 10" x 20" original C-prints signed by the artist. First come first serve so pledge early to reserve your desired print!
Your support will be forever memorialized + Your choice of 3 different limited edition handmade 10" x 20" original C-prints signed by the artist + Private tour of Outer Seed Shadow and dinner with the artist!
Your support will be forever memorialized + Last remaining copies of 60" x 40" artist proof of original series + Private tour of Outer Seed Shadow and dinner with the artist!
Risks and challenges
Outer Seed Shadow's biggest challenge will be raising the remainder of the funds. The support we receive helps us not only pay for materials and plants, but also architects, contractors, gardeners, equipment rental, interns and more!
The nature of public large scale art projects like this requires many collaborators. In addition to the participants of Outer Seed Shadow #01, this community garden is made possible with the people who help build from the ground up, and neighborhood partners such as the Hudson Square BID, NYC Parks and Recreation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, educational partners and more.
This team will work hard towards a June 2014 public opening and will handle every hiccup with firm determination towards a swift resolution. As a contributor we consider you a part of our team and you will receive updates of our progress as the project develops.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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