Artist brings nature indoors at Brandywine Museum
● By ACL
The landscape of the Brandywine will inspire a new work by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen, whose “Alongside Tall Grasses” installation will be at the Brandywine Museum of Art from Aug. 23 to Nov. 16.
A conceptual landscape artist, Jensen combines photography, found objects and immersive exploration of the landscape to create his art.
Spending a great deal of time in the landscape – walking and exploring – is essential to his process and often yields voluminous collections. His work, “The 49 States,” acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, captured what he calls expansive and beautiful "nowheres" that, "despite their separation from the hustle and flow of people and cities, are still touched by technology."
The Brandywine River Museum of Art project began with a series of discovery walks around Chadds Ford, with the artist taking pictures and collecting interesting objects. The project culminates in a display created by the artist of his photos and found objects in the museum. The project will be on view in the third floor hallway, juxtaposed with the landscape he walked and observed. A map created by Jensen invites visitors to explore the environment themselves.
Jensen's interest in nature springs from childhood experiences exploring ruins along rivers and creeks in his native Connecticut. His work has been featured in The New Yorker and Art in America.
The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and ages 6 to 12, free for children under 6. Call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.