compost containers (4” x 5” x 2.5”), three videos (2 minute loop, 7’ x 10’ each), mobile map (2.5’ x 5’), mobile cart (1’ x 4’ x 1.5’), red pencils, book (3” x 5”)
Historical Land Art projects were investigations that happened primarily outside the city and involved city dwellers going elsewhere to make marks and engage in the landscape. “On Compost” rethinks these ideas and considers how city dwellers participate in ecologies of their everyday urban context. Compost bins in this project are portable landscapes that have been documented across three locations over one month. These have been sites for drawings of nine Land Art projects. Videos documenting the decay of these drawings as worms generate compost are projected in the gallery space. The audience is then invited to take this compost from the gallery space and distribute it. In exchange participants are invited to “red-line” the city with a mark of a spot they care about and intend to nourish with the compost. “Red-lining” is an act of power that is most often reserved for City Planners. In this project, with a mobile cart and mobile map, the invitation is also extended to residents and neighbors within a few blocks radius of the gallery. By dispersing the compost, mark-making through planting or nourishing a space is encouraged. A book with land art photos and compost bin drawings communicates the historical references.
sites: compost bins and the neighborhood around Cherokee Street / St. Louis, Missouri