Awesome shout out for (GRAFT)!
As April rapidly approaches, (GRAFT) has collectively begun the development stages for a new collaborative work to incorporate into our thesis exhibition (opening April 29th, 2011 alongside 230 other SAIC MFA graduate students – find us in the zoo!).
About a year ago, we had stumbled across an amazing remarkable breed of Brassica rapa, branded “Wisconsin Fast Plants“, which have been developed by the University of Wisconsin to complete an entire life cycle in a mere 28-35 days. Developed (through cross-breeding, not genetic modification) for pedagogical purposes (mostly target to elementary school biology teachers), these amazingly rapid plants require 24 hours of flourescent light, intense fertilization, hand pollination and constant water. The amount of energy and constant attendance necessary to sustain these organisms seems an apt metaphor for our dense 2 year graduate school experience.
We have begun developing modular structures in which to grow our plants for the length of the exhibition (a timely 28-35 day show) and have started a test round of the plants below. The first two images were taken 3 hours apart on Feb. 28th (only 2 days after planting – a ridiculously fast germination period). The rest were taken consecutively on March 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. More documentation to come…
After a dormant winter stage – what in Chicago doesn’t go dormant in the winter? – (GRAFT) is back and beginning to develop some new projects as we approach our MFA Thesis exhibition. Remarkably, about three weeks ago, we turned off the refrigerator components in CCES 001 and our poncirus trifoliata burst into leafy buds. IT’S ALIVE! More images to come…
Some great images of open studios posted by Steve Frost
CCES 002 was included in the recent opening of Post-Human//Future Tense at Columbia College. The show opened on November 1st (GRAFT’s collective birth date!) and will be up until December 17th. Please visit our piece, as well as works by Norman Wilson and Ben Stagl. Link to the exhibition information here.
Images from the opening can be found at curator Nicholas Sagan’s blog. Thanks to all involved!
The second iteration of our Climate Controlled Environmental Systems presents the DIY end of the CCES spectrum. The environmental controls are constructed from a toaster oven, two fans and a pump, all of which help to maintain a symbiotic relationship between the simulated dry environment (for Fockea edulis, the tuberous succulent on the left) and the humid environment (for the Serissa bonsai on the right). The water below the Serissa, which is replentished by the pump and tank at the base of the system, is drawn into the air by the warmth and dryness generated by the toaster oven and fans. The literal, and perhaps figurative, moment of exchange occurs through the single porous plexiglas wall separating the two chambers.
We hope that the symbiotic relationship and communicative exchange inherent to a collaborative practice is embodied within CCES 002‘s system.