During a recent trip to New York for our Spring/Summer 2017 DISCORD Presentation we rented a car and made the long awaited trip to Storm King Art Center, an open-air museum located in Mountainville, New York. This visit has been on the top of our list to see as houses several amazing works by some of our favorite artists. Also we had been in New York for about two weeks; it was nice to get out of the city’s amplified heat.
Upon arrival we noticed some of the larger sculptures protruding out of the tree line. The work that drew us in for the most part had elements that could be classified as part of the minimal movement. It was truly breathtaking to see these works in such a vast outdoor setting. To see man-made works of such precision placed into a controlled, outdoor environment with natural vegetation as the only backdrop was like nothing we had ever seen before.
In exploring these various mediums, the visual tension created and artistic potential was unreal. The interaction between the sun and sculpture like Richard Serra’s Schunnemunk Fork was a prime example. The piece looked like something out of an ancient culture and ritualistic past. We especially liked this piece because it didn’t impose itself onto the land, but rather effortlessly coexisted with it. Tony Smith’s Source was another great piece that played with shadows from every angle creating a shapeshifting, modular structure that consumed our attention. Two other highlights included Menashe Kadishman’s Suspended and Ronald Bladen’s Untitled (Three Elements).
Admired artists from Storm King’s collection included: