Welcome Happy Sausage
Welcome Happy SausageApril 18th, 2003 - Arpil 25th, 2003
“Community is neither a community of subjects, nor a promise of immanence, nor a communion of individuals in some higher or greater totality. . . It is not, most specifically, the product of any work or project; it is not work, not a product of projected labor, nor an oeuvre, but what is unworked,des oeuvre.”
-George Van Den Abbeele
This project began as a group of questions which were discussed throughout our time in this location, yet never fully resolved. What is public art? What is the role of the artist within a community? What is community? Is it always desirable or responsible for artists to influence and change their surroundings?
These projects are a visual inquiry of things experienced in or influenced by the area, yet we are not trying to define Bridge Street. Nor are we trying to claim a more knowledgeable view of the things around us. This area is a distinct place; it retains a sense of individuality unlike areas that have been overtaken by chain stores and restaurants. The work is relevant to this neighborhood yet still possesses substance outside of it. We are attempting to look honestly at our surroundings and our role as artists here without idealizing them. These pieces are an exploration of identity; they are not definitive truths.
“True dialogue, the mutual pursuit of critical understanding among equals, will lead to critical consciousness for all involved.” -Tom Finkelpearl
Adrienne Quint, Curator
Based on demographics, marketers have defined people as types according to their age, income, and typical buying behavior. Using a computer program called PRIZM, it was determined that the northeast side of Syracuse, New York has a similar demographic composite to the northwest Grand Rapids. Architectural parallels to Bridge Street were discovered on East Genesee Street. This raises questions about representations, demographics and to what extent our environment shapes us or we shape it.
This project has been developed in an effort to demonstrate the benefits gained through the use of native Michigan plants. As opposed to using simple turf lawns, native plants are capable of absorbing and purifying runoff rainwater. This reduces water waste, as well as enhancing our natural environment. Many native plants also serve as medicinal and herbal remedies, and alternative to synthetic prescriptives. Although turf lawns pose a quick fix, they will never compare to the long term benefits our native plants produce.
Local MethodologiesSuzanne Paulsen
Digital Video (2:34)
Campus Drive to Bridge Street
Video Stills (20:39)
Chris Shearer-lead artist
Tanya Dyer-project manager