Socrates Sculpture Park

Kazumi Tanaka

Exhibition: 10th Anniversary, Part 1, 1996

Images: 

Shelter, 1996
(In collaboration with: George Mansfield )

15' x 5' x 25'

Socrates Sculpture Park has been a sanctuary for us since its inception. It has provided us, as artists, with the opportunity to create work which would be unthinkable in a gallery or within the congestion of Manhattan. We have felt encouraged, as young artists, to explore what would otherwise be impossible. It provides us also, and maybe more importantly, with a sense of community, having either created a piece there or even just visited you feel embraced. The Park reaches beyond the insulate world of art. It is democratic. There is no art that cannot be touched or climbed. It has a blue collar grit. It is like a really good diner just off the highway. There is a familiarity betwen all who know of it. There is a sense that "it is mine". Our sculpture Shelter addresses similar issues. It provides a roof overhead, drawing together a community seeking sanctuary from the sun and rain.

Exhibition: 50 NY 93, 1993

Images: 

The Levels of Democracy, 1993
(In collaboration with: George Mansfield )


Images: 

Half Mast, 1993
(In collaboration with: George Mansfield )


It's So Full It's Empty, 1993
(In collaboration with: George Mansfield )
Wood, steel, water, cloth
6' x 25'

An American Dream.

When I was young, I fell off my bunkbed and cut my chin. I did't even wake up when I hit the floor. That same night, just a few minutes earlier, an American flag was planted on the moon.

Images: 

The Place to Sit, 1993
(In collaboration with: George Mansfield )
Wood
2' x 5' x 5'

For me, the square is the symbol of the dining table. As we grow up, somehow we decide where each one of us will sit and eat at the table. My sister left the house. My brother and I realized we had more room. My brother left. I realized their empty spots reminded me of both my brother and sister, like seeing their footprints. I left the house. I think my parents are seeing my footprints now.

Place to Rest Your Feet, 1993
(In collaboration with: George Mansfield )
Pine wood
1.5' x 4.5' x 4.5'



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