Gareth Moore at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel

By Emmy Lee | Posted on August 6th, 2012

A postcard for Gareth Moore’s A place – near the buried canal at dOCUMENTA (13) / photo Gareth Moore

From 2005-6, Gareth Moore along with Jacob Gleeson ran a corner store in East Vancouver called St. George’s Marsh as a functioning art installation. It was an actual shop where odds and ends were sold, although much to the confusion of customers it often didn’t carry the staples one comes to expect at a corner store, and it also housed a little exhibition space and a lending library. It very effectively blurred the lines between life and art. Currently at dOCUMENTA 13, the famed exhibition of modern and contemporary work art which occurs every five years in Kassel for 100 days, Moore has, starting from 2010 created A place – near the buried canal. Living on site for two years and evoking the follies and grottos of traditional English gardens, Moore has built his astounding and fantastical sculptures and structures by his own hand. Michael Turner’s article for Canadian Art gives an excellent description of the Herculean work Moore has crafted himself:

“Since the spring of 2010, Moore has lived in a field beside the Karlsaue’s maintenance yard, erecting first a shelter, then a tool shed, a 12-foot-by-8-foot domicile (complete with stone chimney), a smaller “pension” for guests, a cairn-style washstand, a merchandise kiosk/meditation centre, a “basketball court,” a daybed platform, an adjacent “footbath” (with water lilies), a circuit of pathways and, finally, an entrance booth through which visitors pass en route to touring the grounds. Most of the materials used in this sculptural idyll are locally sourced—leftover wood from the previous documenta, but also windows from the recently renovated Brothers Grimm Museum. A statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, was requisitioned by Moore from the exhibition’s main building, the Fridericianum, and enshrined where the field meets the trees.”

A postcard for Gareth Moore’s A place – near the buried canal at dOCUMENTA (13) / photo Gareth Moore


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