“Potential Fields…a meandering algorithm” will represent the first ever exhibition of contemporary art at Clermont State Historic Site. The outdoor, site-specific sculpture exhibit is a collaboration between Friends of Clermont, CR10 Arts, and the historic site. The exhibition will be open to the public through November 3rd.
The participating artists were hand-selected by guest curator Francine Hunter McGivern, founding director of CR10 Arts, each of whom created a work specific to its setting with a great respect for the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. These artists include Alice Adams & Bill Gordy, Bob Braine, John Cleater, Bain Dewan, Laetitia Hussain, Daniel Rothbart, William Stone, and Hap Tivey. Each artist’s work in “Potential Fields” is a response to the idea that the Livingstons left the land in a conservancy with all of its vast potential. Now, the potential of sharing the land to engage the public in a dialogue between nature and art has been reached! Each sculpture has been located in a former agricultural field surrounding the Ice Pond, where guests may wander and explore the art surrounded by the peace of nature.
In addition, Ms. Hunter McGivern referenced the idea of “potential fields” in physics as it refers to Maxwell’s Equations, “Fortunately, there is a way to simplify these equations that takes advantage of the fact that the potential fields are not what is observed, the electric and magnetic fields are. Thus there is a freedom to impose conditions on the potentials so long as whatever condition is chosen to impose does not affect the resultant electric and magnetic fields.”
She goes on to add, “Thus we arrive at a ‘meandering algorithm.’ An algorithm is a formula or set of steps for solving a particular problem. The narrative created between the distinctly diverse objects of diverse mediums in the ‘fields’ is inherently an experience that will engage and guide the viewer to seek and find an aesthetic resolution between form and space that the power of nature provides.”