Adirondack History Museum hosts Artist Talk/Open-Air Disco, July 3 –
ELIZABETHTOWN: Artist Randi Renate will talk about her current sculpture, “Blue Is The Atmospheric Refraction Through Which I See You,” which is now on display outside the Museum of Adirondack History. The sculpture is a large participatory installation open to the public since August 2021.
“Blue is the atmospheric refraction through which I see you” is a sculptural encounter in which two viewers have similar but distinct experiences of climbing twin spiral staircases encased in a larger dome. Its twin staircases require mirror movement, activating mirror neurons. Shared movements trigger these neurons, which enhance human empathy. The passageway culminates in an exposed meeting point that maintains a distanced perspective – from each other as well as the surrounding landscape.
The event will begin with an outdoor artist talk hosted by museum director Aurora McCaffrey beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.
Randi Renate will talk about her Adirondack inspiration for sculpture, the building process, and her creative process as it relates to neuroscience and research. Following the artist talk, local DJ Sam Cecil (Ol’ Cecil) will mix vinyl for the “Open Air Disco” portion of Sunday’s event.
“I first designed the shape of the structure while hiking in the high peaks. Thinking of stellar observatories and domed listening towers, mountains were also like a structure you climb to rise up and out into a different perspective. It was also the height of the COVID lockdown, and I was thinking and reading about distance, subjectivity, and the desire for connection.
Fixing the blue of the atmospheric haze of distant mountains was what inspired the color, “atmospheric blue”, the artist remarks.
Randi Renate earned a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and moved to Berlin, where she maintained an artist-run studio and project space, TRACE. She is a 2020 MFA graduate from the Yale School of Art Sculpture Department. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY. Operating through installation, sculpture, sound and video, Randi’s work choreographs bodies within a sculptural framework to explore how the ‘micro’ of the individual weaves into the ‘macro’ of the whole. collective.
Learn more about the artist: www.randirenate.com
Top photo: Randi Renate and Sam Cecil with art installation, sculpture, ‘Blue Is The Atmospheric Refraction Through Which I See You’, which hangs outside the Museum of Adirondack History in Elizabethtown, NY . Photo courtesy of the Adirondack History Museum.