Magazine article Sculpture

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA: Harriet Bart and Yu-Wen Wu

Magazine article Sculpture

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA: Harriet Bart and Yu-Wen Wu

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space

"Random Walks and Chance Encounters" ("RWCE") asked visitors to take stock of their surroundings, acknowledge daily encounters, and ultimately, to simply see. Annexing almost all of the Minnesota Museum of American Art's Project Space, the peripatetic installation was created over two weeks, by Harriet Bart of Minneapolis and Yu-Wen Wu of Boston. The artists first met in 2010 while in residence at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, where they discovered a like-minded penchant for walking, a proclivity for connections between art and science, and an appetite for the limitless possibility of chance encounters-all of which were elements of their respective artistic practices and prompted the collaborative approach to "RWCE."

They worked daily, in situ, on the multimedia project, which incorporated some predetermined elements, such as Wu's haunting video overlaid with text, poetically depicting a seasonally changing landscape. A collaboratively conceived "river" would lead to the video, made of a long tar paper path demarcated by a strip of crystalline glass shards recalling coarse salt. Another known component was Bart's Genii Loci, an austere yet romantic work consisting of 45 magnifying glasses suspended from the ceiling, their lenses embellished with images and text. Wu's sprawling, wall-mounted, line and dot drawing resembling a Minimalist map of the heavens or musical notation was a given, but its actual configuration- and its construction from Muskie Master fishing line and black construction paper-was not. Nor was her small iPhone video made while walking about the Twin Cities or the fact that it was projected onto a wall surrounded by pages torn from Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

The "Drag Drawings" series was made collaboratively on the spot by dragging a rope dipped in sumi ink across a stretch of paper. …

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