October 22, 2018
Friday, October 19, marked the opening day of Unearthed, the first indoor exhibition at Tippet Rise, featuring works by artist Stephen Talasnik. Throughout the show, which runs through October 28, performances, talks, and tours are taking place, as are educational opportunities for schoolchildren and university students from the region. For four days during the show (October 21, 26, 27 and 28), guests are welcome to hike and bike the sculpture trails.
As a child, Talasnik used toothpicks to build small-scale replicas of Comet, the colossal wooden roller coaster he encountered in Hershey Park, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He created skyscrapers and futuristic model cities out of discarded television and radio parts. Later, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the Tyler School of Art. For years, he drew, and his drawings were collected by the British Museum, the Albertina, and the State Museum of Art in Berlin, among other institutions. In 2001, Talasnik returned to sculpture, and his first large-scale, outdoor commission, Stream, was for Storm King Art Center in New York’s Hudson Valley. More recently, his work has been added to the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Pompidou in Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York. In 2016, he created the large-scale yellow cedar and corten steel sculpture for Tippet Rise, Satellite #5: Pioneer.
Unearthed features a new work called Hive, an organic, habitable, architectural sculpture that Talasnik hand-wove, in situ, in the art center’s Olivier Music Barn this month. It also includes a collection of models from his original Satellite Series. Talasnik’s sculptures currently on display in the Olivier Music Barn, Archaeology (2012) and Galaxy (2014), are included in the show.
The exhibition coincides with the release of Talasnik’s newest monograph, Unearthed: Stephen Talasnik by Monacelli Press, a book that explores the artist’s drawings, sculptures, and installations. Hive is part of an ongoing concept series of hand-woven habitats by Talasnik, traveling next to the Architektur Galerie Berlin.
Visiting the exhibition is free, but reservations to do so are required. For more information and reservations, please visit the event’s page by clicking on “More info” below. To make reservations to hike and bike the sculpture trails, click on “Take a Tour” in the upper right-hand corner of this page.