May 29, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, June 9, 1 pm – 4 pm
Exhibition dates: June 9 – 24
Hours: open weekends, 12 – 6 pm or by appointment
Special Flux Thursday: June 14, 8 pm
Reclaiming Vacant Land workshop: Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm – 9 pm
Flux Factory is proud to present Bionic Garden, an exhibition that unveils how humans have adapted to grow plants in the most unlikely of ways and places. Works will be displayed in a range of environments that reflect the (often) limited environments that New Yorkers have to work with when it comes to exercising their own green thumbs: the Flux Factory gallery (naturally dark, concrete, drywall, insular), on its roof (unpredictable, exposed, bright), and reaching out into the community of Long Island City.
Viewers can expect to see indoor lawns, lofted vegetable gardens, crops that tweet when they’re in need of water, mobile gardens, new ways to subvert the homogenization of seed production, vines that have something to say, vertiginous grass, creepy containers which crumble as the fruits of their existence take over, and even use a spa getaway for their own tired, limp houseplants. Additionally, guest speakers for related events will share what it takes to create a real, sprawling rooftop farm; how to transform a dreary neighborhood plot into something more pleasant; and the importance of preserving indigenous trees in a concrete jungle.
We are super excited about being a part of this show. A couple pieces of our furniture and a custom vine vegetable trellis and growing system will be built and installed on the Flux Factory roof. Come check it out on the opening, or at some other random time. And check back here for updates of process shots / final shots of the installation.
AND, Special thanks to the folks at M. Fine Lumber in E. Williamsburg. These guys deal with reclaimed/recycled lumber and have been one of my go-to sources for the past couple years. They have generously donated all of the wood we are using to build the Flux installation! Thanks you M. Fine!