This exhibition is an extension and continuation of the artist’s The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want project, which was inspired in part by Matthew Henson, the African-American explorer who in 1909 traveled to the North Pole with Robert Peary.

In March 2005, with the help of a skilled team, Strachan traveled to the Alaskan Arctic, where he extracted a 4.5 ton cube of ice from a frozen river. He then shipped the ice block to his birthplace of Nassau, Bahamas, where it was exhibited in a solar-powered glass and steel display box designed in collaboration with a team of engineers from MIT. Transforming its destructive power, the artist harnessed the energy of the tropical sun to create a stable, homeostatic environment for this grand performance of cultural and geological displacement.

Upon arrival in the Bahamas, Strachan initiated a series of performances and lectures related to the ice block piece. Visiting public schools, he used the sculpture as a jumping off point to engage the young students of his hometown in acts of contemporary mythmaking, exploring the ideas and implications of heroic performance, cultural displacement and global climate change.

Expanding on the ideas and themes he touched on in the first phase of Distance Between, Strachan has created a new and related body of work for his exhibition at Daniel Weinberg Gallery. The exhibition will include a series of castings of objects referencing his trek to Alaska and return to the Bahamas, including grade school desks and chairs, ice boots with crampons, walking sticks and foul weather gear. The objects are cast in graphite, chalk, beeswax and honey, referencing the entropic geological and environmental conditions of the places in which they were conceived.

Additional sculptural works will include a half-ton limestone boulder extracted from the Bahamas and a honey and beeswax encrusted version of the arctic expedition uniform from Strachan’s Alaska excursion of 2005. Also included in the exhibition will be a presentation of several video pieces and photographs related to the performance of the ice extraction, as well as a live data feed from the Alaskan site.

Tavares Strachan was born in Nassau, Bahamas. He holds a BFA (Glass) from the Rhode Island School of Design (2003) and an MFA (Sculpture) from Yale University (2006).

TAVARES STRACHAN / A HUNDRED YEARS

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