Situated on a defunct seed farm against a wall of derelict lumber, the archive defines a condensed space for seminar discussions and holdings specific to Iowa’s agricultural crisis. The experimental assembly seeks to explore the material and immaterial makeup of the leftover hardwood ground matt and steel ties recently salvaged from the Dakota Access Bakken crude oil pipeline project which passes within one mile of the site. The accumulated fortress, and thereby, attenuated voids within will serve as archive for collected artifacts selected on the grounds of their enduring cultural, historical and evidentiary value. By leveraging our individual works as provocations within the traditional stead of the family farm unit, we hope to cultivate a discourse that deals head-on with the complex intersection of politics, atmospheres and humanity as understood from the inside out.
Jury Notes: A sculptural form of irresistible and near perfect composition in a compelling juxtaposition to its site.