Prairie at Witchita Museum of Art

16 Jan 2016

Shawn Decker's Prairie at Wichita Art Museum

Prairie  was installed at the Witchita Art Museum in one of their wonderful galleries for 3 months (May 30 through Sept. 13) this past summer.  Prairie is a large-scale electro-acoustic sound installation which was first installed at the Chicago Cultural Center from Feb 8 to May 5, 2013, and then was shown next in a 13th Century Cathedral just outside Vienna, and following this, in Indianapolis at the Heron School of Art main gallery. Plans are underway to install it this spring in the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque Iowa. This piece is made up of 432 thin rods with small speakers at the tip, and with vibration motors near the base. Each of these stems is independent, and issues small clicks and buzzes, controlled by a central computer program. Probably best is to quote from the curatorial text by curator Lanny Silverman - you will find this below - (the full gallery handout can be downloaded here as a pdf).  The Witchita Art Museum is a wonderful institution, with great facilities and staff, and was a great venue for the piece.

Shawn Decker's Prairie at Wichita Art Museum
Shawn Decker's Prairie at Wichita Art Museum