Sub Mirage Lignum by Nari Ward will open April 3, 2011…but we couldn’t wait to talk about it! We chatted with Nari the other day to get an idea of what to expect for the new installation at MASS MoCA!
What you’re looking at in this picture are mango seeds…
Originally from Jamaica, Nari is using the installation to combine the past and the present. In the sculpture Mango Tourist, Nari uses materials such as mango seeds (a material from his past), and recovered Sprague Electric capacitors (as a reference to MASS MoCA i.e. the present).
Nari is giving “visual life to a creative force”. He is creating “visual energy” to juxtapose the image of reality and illusion.
You would think this installation would consume all of Nari’s time, but believe it or not, he’s ALSO studying for his U.S. citizenship test! Go Nari!
In the sculpture, Nu Colossus, Nari will use broken furniture pieces, a giant replica of a Jamaican fish trap, and a 30-foot boat that will look as though it is suspended in mid air!…MASS MoCA patrons will NOT be disappointed!
(New Colussus is a sonnet by Emma Lazarus that is engraved on a plaque in the Statue of Liberty.)
The installation will also include a sound piece that will feature actual recordings of a Jamaican market place. Patrons will hear the noises as they wander through a series of fabrics that were originally printed through the textile company that BUILT the MASS MoCA site, Arnold Print Works!
Sub Mirage Lignum by Nari Ward is “striving for illusion”. He’s trying to explore “what is there and what one desires.” Don’t miss the opening of this exciting new installation on April 3rd! And keep checking the blog for more updates!
Thanks to Danelle Cheney for the photos!!! =]