the harts gallery announces a series of site-specific outdoor installations by Lauren Booth at the Great Hollow Nature Preserve. Great Hollow is an 825-acre land preserve on the borders of Sherman and New Fairfield, Connecticut, containing 6 miles of hiking trails, wetlands, streams and forest, open to the public from dawn until dusk. Lauren Booth's works will be on exhibit at Great Hollow from July 31 through September 10, with an inaugural guided hike to the works on July 31 at 10am, departing from main house at Great Hollow, 225 Connecticut 37, New Fairfield, CT 06812.
The combination of the sounds in this space and the light on the water inspired the idea that spirits may visit this stream. Like the animals in the surrounding forest, perhaps there are other beings that we can not see also coming to this stream. I installed a series of triangular clear Lucite rods embedded in small logs along the edge of the stream. They rods aim to invoke a feeling of curiosity while playing with the light.
This resin and steel sculpture marks the beginning of a new series of outdoor work which plays with color and embedded lucite rods. I was interested in exploring the geometry of a triangle. The scalene shape retains an imperfect quality which I have used to explore color and idea of water and light. The clear lines in the top allude to another triangle that we can’t see going through this one. By looking up close through these clear lines, our view is changed.
I am attracted to signage. I like the different fonts and colors used in signs to draw attention. As a child I enjoyed writing bubble letters. In this piece I used a large hand written word, LOVE, and made a steel outline of the template. The colored resin discs help to define the word and catch our eye. The work is intended to be suspended and can be installed either indoors or outdoor.
The old underground apple barn is illuminated with a 2006 neon which was the first in a series combining resin and neon. Pieces from that series now reside in public and private collections from LA to London. I was attracted to the dark space and liked the circular pattern of the apples painted on the wall reflected in the neon circles in the art.
This work is an experiment in color and light. The colors are both subjective and representative. The piece was created with the glorious view towards the mountains in mind. The diamond shape is a nod to the Great Hollow trail markers. The scale is intended to bring the viewers attention to the foreground while maintaining the bigger picture. By skipping our attention from small to large, near and far, we can engage with the sculpture. The resin is tactical and reflects color onto the ground in the afternoon sun.
11 mirrored columns create the five points of a hand drawn star and the five inside points of the star, with one in the center of the inside hexagon. While the shape may not be obvious to the viewer, it gives the work a structure. This piece was created in May 2016 for the summer at Great Hollow show. The paganistic work encourages the viewer to see oneself in the landscape while also breaking up ones field of vision.
This work was originally created as an indoor paper sculpture in 2012. In 2014 it was reworked as an outdoor piece by covering the flowers in fabric used for kites and flags. The work is meant to surprise the viewer with a burst of color in an year round display of bigger then life flowers.