Outdoor public sculpture has become an increasingly visible part of the contemporary art world, with new generations of artists by-passing traditional sculptural forms to engage in working within the real conditions of their world and engaging area residents in experiences about our changing physical and cultural landscape in surprisingly new ways.
For our 2019 In Residence program, filmmaker Xinyue Deng will engage our audiences through video and film, documenting testimonials and approaching her work as both an artist and liaison to get to know the people our organization serves. Through a series of film-based projects, Deng will ask questions, collecting a diversity of voices and presenting a slice of life here at the Park. Through on-site research and exploration, Deng’s multi-part project will weave our visitors stories and experiences through a narrative that is specific and real, organic and full of voice. With a keen eye for recording her world, Deng’s approach to film-making will pair nicely with our mission to get to know and understand our public, aiming to create a series of documents and programs that are inspired by art and nature while capturing the distinct experiences of the people who enjoy the uniqueness of Laumeier.
Xinyue Deng received her MFA from Washington University in 2018. Deng received her Bachelor of Arts in Radio & Television Science from Guangzhou University-China in 2015. From 2012-14 she attended the Ball State University double degree exchange program, 2012-2014 to earch her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Video Production. Deng has exhibited her work locally and internationally in exhibitions and film festivals. Her film Passages in Revisiting: I Hear Someone Playing Urheen won Best Experimental Film at the 2018 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
Laumeier started the In-Residence Program in 2012 to bring different forms of social and intellectual artistic practice into the public spaces of the Park. In-Residence artists complement the Park’s thematic exhibitions and deepen the exploration of topics relevant to Laumeier's cultural landscape.
2018 In-Residence: Poet Stefene Russell
2016 In-Residence: Musicians Barbara Harbach + Jim Henry
2015 In-Residence: Nutritionist Marjorie Sawicki
2014 In-Residence: Archaeologists Joe Harl + Robin Machiran
2013 In-Residence: Environmental Historian Jenny Price
2012 In-Residence: Composer Eric Hall
KAROLINA HALATEK 2018 CEC ARTS LINK FELLOW
Drawing on the unique mission of the organization as an outdoor sculpture park with a focus on public, large-scale sculpture and a particular interest in experimentation with new ways of highlighting the intersection of art and nature, Laumeier Sculpture Park organized a multi-faceted calendar of activities for Polish artist Karolina Halatek, focusing on professional growth, exhibition of new work and network building. Halatek’s CEC Fellowship couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for Laumeier. The nature of Karolina’s work with a focus on the medium of light, space and the environment through large interactive sculpture, fit perfectly into our curatorial and programmatic focus during the next six months and is directly related to the Park’s mission. During the Fall/Winter season, Laumeier featured a series of nighttime events titled Laumeier After Dark that provided opportunities to explore the art and nature connection through after dark activities including nature-based night hikes and performance iron pours, illuminating the Park’s landscape.
On November 3, Laumeier hosted an event titled Laumeier After Dark, Light the Way that provided an opportunity for the public to explore the art and nature connection at night through after dark activities, illuminating the Park’s art collection and trails. Halatek’s work Cloud Square, a disorienting light and fog-filled room constructed within one of Laumeier’s camp shelters was commissioned specifically for the event and was a crowd favorite for our almost 3,000 visitors.