An Acre of Art
From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
Artists: Mark Knierim and Robert Lawrence
September 29 – November 19, 2000
Minnesota Artists Gallery
A new three-part exhibition by artist Mark Knierim and Robert Lawrence, “An Acre of Art” considered the agricultural landscape, revealing the artists' collective histories with the land. The project featured an exhibition of mixed-media sculpture at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (including a chicken coop housing Knierim's pet chickens), a Web site with a “live chicken cam” on the World Wide Web (Web site: http://www.h-e-r-e.com/AcreOfArt.html), and creative interaction with a specific acre of land near Monticello, Minnesota.
While there is a long-standing tradition of artist responding to the landscape, today's issues take us well beyond any romanticized view of the world. In considering the fate of Earth, one cannot escape the far-reaching implications of genetic engineering and corporate models for farming-contemporary practices that are reshaping agriculture. The family farm is fading fast and if not soon retrieved will exist only in our memories.
Through their projects, “An Acre of Art, Knierim and Lawrence considered questions about “seeing” the landscape. They focused on how humans use the land, implicating us in a variety of ecological and ethical issues, and invited us to consider the interconnectedness of life. “Remember, 'All flesh is grass',” said Lawrence. Through their reverence of the rural Minnesota landscape and their scrutiny of human behavior, artist like Knierim and Lawrence help us to reconsider the pattern we live by.
Works of Art
- Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
- Gallery talk by the artists: Sunday, October 8, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
- Open Land: The Acre of Art site near Monticello, Minnesota, was open to the public on five Saturdays – September 30, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 8, 2000-from 1 to 4 p.m. The artists were present. Directions were given on the Acre of Art Web site.