Ars longa, vita brevis, right? The common wisdom about art—especially sculpture built to live outdoors and withstand the elements, like the works at the soon-to-open Olympic Sculpture Park downtown—is that it will outlive its makers. But in a disposable culture saturated in rapidly obsolescent technologies, what is contemporary sculpture's relationship to time? Can an artwork ever die? If so, what does its death actually look like, who gets to declare it, and how long should it be kept on life support first? And what about sculptures, like Mark Dion's Seattle Vivarium at the park, made of a decaying nurse log housed in a greenhouse open for study?
The artists Tivon Rice, Susie Lee, and Mike Magrath (he of the recent salt-based, melting sculptures of Iraqi figures in Occidental Square), and writer/curator Suzanne Beal talk about their own works, their own desires for the lives of artworks, and Stranger art writer Jen Graves jumps in, too, in a follow-up to last week's In/Visible (Sculpture Study Group, Part I).
Next week on In/Visible: Eric Fredericksen and the new show at Western Bridge.