Marlene McCarty: Into the Weeds

Marlene McCarty: Into the Weeds Image

On view at UB Art Gallery,
Center for the Arts

October 3, 2019–
February 2, 2020

On view at Silo City
October 5, 2019–Ongoing

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Marlene McCarty will premiere a two-part installation in Buffalo, N.Y., that features a forest of drawings, a compost pile and an earthwork composed of poisonous plants—a living, growing monument to the deep past and near future.

At this time of social and political upheaval, McCarty’s "Into the Weeds" asks: years of colonization, capitalism and industrialization have brought us where? To the wasteland? Her forest of drawings, seedlings, indoor garden, outdoor earthwork (A Deliverance Garden), and composting system (Demonstration Site), point to the detritus of late-stage capitalism, yet also show that life re-emerges despite humanity’s destruction. Truly activating and alive, McCarty’s two-part installation is unbounded by the physical parameters of the exhibition space, expanding outward and engaging directly with various collaborative constellations across the University at Buffalo and the wider Buffalo community. 

A Deliverance GardenThe city's industrial ruin becomes the ground for McCarty's first earthwork. Produced in collaboration with Silo City, this living monument to earth's resilience is comprised of the various plants that the artist has been studying, rendering, and growing. Forty-five feet in diameter and with its boundaries demarcated in gravel and woodchip, McCarty's work will be a new addition to Silo City's landscape.

Demonstration Site: The compost pile. What kind of new growths and infections happen in this steaming pit of falling-aparts and coming-togethers? Life re-emerges from humanity’s waste and destruction. As a companion project to Marlene McCarty’s two-part installation, Into the Weeds, a compost system is a featured collaboration among the artist, the Arts Collaboratory, the Sustainable Urban Environments Initiative, UB Sustainability, the UB School of Architecture and Planning, and Silo City.