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June Issue 2010

North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, Offers Long-Term Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit by Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield

The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, is hosting a new series of outdoor sculpture installations entitled Inflorescence, by artists Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield, on view through Feb. 2011.

The exhibit features a variety of botanical forms created from synthetic nylon fabric. Elements include 14-feet-tall sprout-like striped plants, giant blades of nylon grass, large-scale synthetic flowers, and odd plant-like shapes inspired by nature.

The exhibit surrounds the viewer and creates an experience similar to walking through a field of tall plants. The pieces combine the order and geometry of a flower garden with the organic and shifting nature of a field, especially when the elements are moving with air currents.

The exhibit is designed to be kinetic and activated by wind. The title, Inflorescence, is derived from the structure and patterns of plant organisms and growth cycles. Installation sites include: The Baker Exhibit Center, on view through August; The Canopy Walk, on view from June through October; The Education Center, on view from August through October; and The Quilt Garden, on view from November through February 2011.

Brown and Scofield have collaborated for 10 years to create interventionist social art through nomadic sculptural forms and lightweight tensile structures. Brown and Scofield's collaborative artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

In 2005, they completed a four-month research residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the coast of Oregon. Through their art and teaching, they emphasize interdisciplinary cooperation amongst creative thinkers. Their work engages other disciplines including architecture, ecology, and engineering.

The exhibit is supported in part by The University of Tennessee School of Art and The University of Tennessee Office of Research.

The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Arboretum at 828/665-2492 or visit (www.ncarboretum.org).

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