Installation Art is not the most recognizable visual art medium. According to The Tate Museum, “The term installation art is used to describe large-scale, mixed-media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a temporary period of time.” There are many notorious installation artists and sometimes you unexpectedly find yourself near or even in an installation without realizing it. One of our favorite annual events, that is Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, is creating nature installations in the park in the Fall. It’s so fun to see what you can create out of everyday materials in a space for others to enjoy.
Once we moved into our studio in Hillsboro Village, we had a new area for installation art: the window display. This is something that has been a surprisingly fun, creative part of our job. Planning out the composition of the materials and exploring themes for our displays has been a way for us to stay creative and show some personality.
In an attempt to illustrate our excitement for the the new school year, our window currently displays wooden pencils, rulers and sketch books- a funky way to show some of our everyday tools in a new way. Using fishing line, tying them together in a variety of ways, and figuring out how the placement of the knot affects the balance of each piece presented whole new types of challenges. It was also another example of seemingly mundane objects transformed into interesting medium for art.
For kids, you can have fun in a play room by creating installations with at-home objects too. Whether it’s pencils, books, paper or string, there are an infinite number of ways to create art for a specific space and there is a comfort in knowing it’s temporary. You can play around and change it as often as you’d like and find new ways to consider the same space and found objects. One of our favorite items to use for quick, entertaining and creative installation art are post-it notes. They can be stuck and re-stuck in different nooks and on objects many times in many ways. We encourage you all to utilize your windows or a corner and create some installation art!