The Urchins, a large-scale outdoor work of art, have made memories to last a lifetime for those fortunate enough to have viewed them in Singapore and Australia. Now, for the first time ever, the Urchins are coming to the United States – to Clinton, New Jersey. The mysterious and beautiful work represents the crowning touch of the nonprofit Hunterdon Art Museum’s, ground-breaking exhibition Lace not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques.
Created by architects Jin Choi and Thomas Shine, The Urchins are two lace orbs, each fifteen feet in diameter. Hanging above the Museum’s Toshiko Takaezu Terrace that overlooks the Raritan River, these two orbs will be suspended from thin, almost invisible cables spanning trusses that are 20 feet high. More than 50 people dedicated three months to meticulously craft by hand the lace shells that are held in tension over an aluminum frame. Gently guided by the wind, The Urchins will interact with natural light to create ephemeral shadows during the day and glow when illuminated at night. Visitors will be able to interact with the hovering handmade objects, and when they do, become immersed in a delicate layer of lace.
The Museum’s terrace is open free to the public 24/7 and is a gathering spot for the community. Situated on the grounds of the Museum, a center for contemporary art, craft, and design, which is housed a nineteenth century mill that is on the National Historic Register, The Urchins are a beautiful public sculpture that will be the first sight one sees as they visit the Museum and the last view they have as they leave the grounds. The property is integrated into the downtown of a rural community and will be visible and accessible to all who visit the area. Overlooking a river and the Clinton falls, The Urchins will bring an unforgettable experience to a site that is exceptional for it historic and natural beauty. Please help us create memories that will last forever by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign today.
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About Lace not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques: This ground-breaking exhibition features the work of 28 artists from around the world, demonstrating how lace makers are pushing the boundaries of an art form that has existed for centuries to create fresh and exciting work exploring contemporary themes, materials and forms. In addition to Choi + Shine’s The Urchins, the exhibition also includes Lieve Jerger’s Carriage of Lost Loves. Jerger has spent 40 years adapting ancient Flemish lace-making techniques and using copper wire to create a life-sized carriage.
The exhibition has been curated by internationally known lace expert Devon Thein. Public programs, workshops, and a catalog will accompany the exhibition. The show will run from September 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019. The Urchins will be here from September 23, 2018- October 7, 2018.
The artists in the exhibition are: Manca Ahlin, Jane Atkinson, Daniela Banatova, Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova, J Carpenter, Jin Choi + Thomas Shine, Architects, Jill Nordfors Clark, Milča Eremiášová, Pierre Fouché, Laura Friesel, Alex Goldberg, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Ágnes Herczeg, Ros Hills, Veronika Irvine, Lieve Jerger, Nava Lubelski, Dorie Millerson, Penny Nickels, Wako Ono, E.J.Parkes, Lenka Suchanek, Lauran Sundin, Olivia Valentine, Nicole Valsesia-Lair, Denise Watts, Louise West, and Ashley Williams
If we exceed our goal, funds will be used to pay for the many other costs of the Lace, not Lace exhibition that include electrical work to light the Urchins and shipping a life size lace carriage.
About the Hunterdon Art Museum: Founded in 1952, the Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design and features the work of internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists. The Museum, which is housed in a 19th century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River and focuses on new work with the goal of creating dialogue, generating ideas, and sparking creativity.
HAM has a particular interest in work that explores the intersection of art, craft, and design and displays the qualities of craftsmanship while pushing the limits of the materials in innovative ways. The Museum presents approximately fifteen exhibitions annually, receiving national and international attention. These exhibitions have focused on a wide array of topics, techniques and materials, including fiber arts. Since 2000, HAM has presented twenty exhibitions of fiber art, including but not limited to tapestry, embroidery, knitting, printing on fiber, and basket making, always focusing on how these ancient techniques are breaking boundaries and crossing into the world of contemporary art.
The Museum is widely recognized as a center for art education and offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults – including classes for adults and teens with development disabilities, programs for schools and the community and a popular summer art camp. A special feature of the Toshiko Takaezu Terrace is an outdoor blackboard that is 90 feet long, providing constant opportunities for children and adults to express themselves through drawing and language.
Risks and challenges
Showing new art is always a challenge, but the Hunterdon Art Museum has had more than 65 years of presenting challenging work. Our mission is to engage people with contemporary art, craft and design in ways that educate, challenge, and inspire. We want to nurture dialogue and creativity and ensure that art has a central role in the community. We think the Urchins are a perfect way to do that.
Are there risks and challenges? Sure. Installing the Urchins takes heavy equipment with professional operators and a team working together to assemble them. But we think bringing art this special to the community makes the risks and challenges worth it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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