Chesterwood announces a site-specific installation Remember What (Field Totem) by New York conceptual artist Marko Remec from June 24-October 2, 2016, in the Studio Field. This work, the latest of his Totem Series, reconfigures the installation Can’t Hear You (Fat Totem) which was exhibited at MASS MoCA from June 15, 2013 to June 19, 2016. 128 32-inch dome mirrors are arrayed in a chess board pattern gone awry, each mirror reflecting 180 degree views of the Chesterwood landscape as well as fleeting views of those seeing the work. In part, the work addresses Chesterwood’s history. Chess, a “war game,” references French’s iconic sculpture of Lincoln, the president who successfully led the country through the Civil War. The work also alludes to a concern expressed by Audrey Munson, French’s and many of his contemporary’s model of choice. She once wrote “What becomes of the artists’ models?… Where is she now…” at a point when her career was over but the legacy of her physical appearance lived on in many celebrated sculptures.
Marko Remec is a conceptual sculptor living and working in New York City with his wife and two children. Born in 1958, Remec graduated with degrees in Studio Art and Chemistry from Williams College and earned his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His most recent work uses wry yet playful wit to examine systems of power and how they affect our perceptions and realities.
Remember What (Field Totem) is the first in a new series of site-specific work called “Field Work” that will be featured in the Studio Field at Chesterwood during the season. Artists will be invited to submit proposals for future installations.