Supported by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Robert Chambers’s SEREPENS: Serenoa repens, curated by Artist in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) director Deborah Mitchell, runs from November 18, 2018 – April, 12, 2019.
Built on research conducted during his residency with AIRIE and through expeditions with AIRIE to Archbold Biological Station (ABS), Chambers’s SEREPENS project uses the power of contemporary art to amplify and galvanize critical attention to the Saw Palmetto, an endemic and ancient Everglades species with a crucial role in Florida’s scrub brush ecology. Known for kinetic art that reads both as Constructivist and Dadaist, Robert Chambers uses cutting edge technical methods to fabricate a multi-layered sculptural installation about the plant’s trunk and root system, thereby lifting his own art practice to the forefront of the possible in contemporary art, 3D printing, biomimicry, CNC, and evolutionary biology.
The exhibition is accompanied by a film documenting Chambers’ process produced by AIRIE and directed by Voltage Factory. A brochure with contributions from Deborah Mitchell, Hilary Swain, and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch will also accompany the exhibition.