Progress of Roger Feldman’s Installation on Campus

31 08 2011

Roger is now on day 5 overall, and day 3 working with students. The concrete pad that was poured anxiously awaits it’s inhabitant and the Art Department is hoping the once the action moves outside the Wheaton community at large will begin their engagement with this piece. The process of building this piece is for many of us one of the most exciting parts and students have jumped right in and are getting plenty of hands-on experience guided by the expertise of our guest, Roger Feldman. We truly are honored to have Roger with us and something incredible about Roger is that he is not only fully engaged and committed to this piece but he is also fully engaged with and committed to the students.

Roger arrived Friday evening and by 9am Saturday he was at work in the sculpture studio getting a head start on the framing for all the walls. By the time faculty and students showed up Monday morning, the walls had been framed and the project was full steam ahead. Students have been able to sign up for time slots and though they come and go, the project is moving right along. For now, Roger is working indoors for sake of ease and weather protection (though thankfully no rain thus far), but beginning tomorrow the piece will be disassembled and rebuilt outdoors in it’s permanent (permanent being 2-3 years we hope) location. The first video is a short time lapse of a few hours from Tuesday’s crew in the shop. There will be more to come – esp. once we start working outside.The second video is a short documentary on a project in progress that Roger is working on in Northern Scotland and not only is the scenery beautiful, but the filmmaker has captured a great deal about Roger, his process and the raison d’etre so to speak for his work, and inparticular this site specific piece.

Roger gave a talk about his work yesterday evening in our lecture hall and we strongly encourage everyone to visit his website and take a look at more of his work. Roger’s work is extremely unique and wrestles with and presents the opportunity to encounter the intersection of art and theology, as well as creating a physical and visual experience for viewers to think about a spectrum of spiritual and social dialogues.

If you’re in the area, come by and check out the progress, or the finished piece once it is done.

Time Lapse




One response

2 09 2011
Matthew Milliner

Man, those Wheaton art students work fast. Seriously though, Roger’s talk was phenomenal. It seemed like the artistic embodiment of Wolterstorff’s book Art in Action. Wolterstorff philosophically critiqued the notion of art as “disinterested contemplation,” but Feldman finishes the job by literally inviting viewers to full-bodied engagement with his creations. This is serious stuff.

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