‘DRIFTING GROUND the making of’ documents the process of collaboration between Hawaii based artist, Andrew Binkley, and The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. As one of the participating artists in the Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival 2011, Binkley utilizes a 6-meter (20 foot) shipping container to hold a slice of a thriving jungle.
Throughout Andrew Binkley’s work as an artist, he has utilized a variety of media and approaches to uncover and explore our notions of time and its qualities of impermanence. His work acts as a reflection on the relationships of cause and effect and our own relationship with conditions arising and passing away.
The project entitled Drifting Ground brings into question how we look at and define the ideas of home or territory in a continually changing and shifting environment.
Within the confines of a shipping container, a slice of a jungle landscape thrives. An island compacted into a container. Given this context, the land is nomadic, without a permanent home, and set-up for migration or to be shipped off. This context also alludes to the ideas of importing and exporting and the influence that shipping has had on cultures and habitats.
Inside, two birds perch on the edge of a fence marking two territories. One bird is a 'light-vented bulbul', an endemic bird to Taiwan (meaning this particular species can only be found in Taiwan and nowhere else in the world). The other bird is a 'rosy-faced lovebird', an introduced species commonly found throughout the world and often used as a pet. The two meet at the edge of these boundaries.
Throughout history, humans have claimed space. Territories and boundaries have been placed and enforced, and throughout history these boundaries and labels have changed. This change is brought about by a multitude of forces, from systems of power changing to the actual land and water formations changing.
This is certainly true for Kaohsiung, Taiwan and its sister city, Honolulu, Hawaii. Both are islands, reliant on shipping for goods and connection – Hawaii being the most isolated landmass on the planet and Kaohsiung being the major port city of Taiwan. As a result, each habitat has changed over time, from plants and cultures to views of identity and the labels of “native”, “mine” and “home”.
This project is made possible through grants from both the US Department of State and Kaohsiung City Government and is curated and implemented by the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.
Exhibition Dates: December 10, 2011 – January 31, 2012
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Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Artist Andrew Binkley
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