Klip Collective, save.point and Isaac Witkin, Eolith, 1994, Blue Mountain granite, 135 in x 96 in x 48 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, © Estate of Isaac Witkin. Photo Credit: Ken Ek
Grounds For Sculpture's Night Forms: Infinite Wave Offers "Psychedelic Playground of Art, Music, and Light"
By: Mandee K. Hammerstein
Arts News Now Editor Mandee Hammerstein heads to the Grounds For Sculpture to preview the energizing outdoor exhibition: Night Forms: Infinite Wave
Grounds For Sculpture is building on the success of one of last year’s most talked about exhibitions, Night Forms: Dreamloop, and now for 2022-2023, introducing Night Forms: Infinite Wave. Opening to members on November 19 and the public on the 25th, patrons will find themselves happily engrossed in Infinite Wave’s new route through the ground’s beloved art and horticultural collection. Night Forms: Infinite Wave comprises more than a dozen illuminated installations imaginatively peppered through the natural, magnetic darkness. As last year, the exhibition offers a larger-than-life, immersive multi-sensory light and sound experience created by Klip Collective. Still, now, with a most playful chemistry of sci-fi meeting retro 80’s past, these latest additions easily tickle the imagination to think of what can be while paying a spirited homage to what was.
Among the new aspects are interactive elements at two installations, intensifying the visitor experience. First, Bruce Beasley’s installation Dorion includes a joystick which, when moved, appears to alter the projection and provides a heightened sense of illusion. Then within the amphitheater, two irresistible musical xylophones are offered up to be played by visitors, thus creating a corresponding ripple effect through the installation. Creative Director and Founder of the Klip Collective, Ricardo Rivera, built this upon inspiration, inviting viewers to participate by crossing the invisible boundary between artist and audience.
Klip Collective, cheat.code, and Bruce Beasley, Dorion, 1986, stainless steel, 1/2, 240 x 360 x 120 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier. Photo Credit: David Michael Howarth Photography
Ricardo Rivera commented, “As you step into Infinite Wave, you get swept into a psychedelic playground of art, music, and light. Infinite Wave is an evolution and remix of 2021’s Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective. A new path starts where we left off and takes you through new and reimagined works. We’ve added new music and interactive elements, allowing visitors to be players of not only the visuals, but the sounds as well.”
Klip Collective, Be Seeing You, and Grounds For Sculpture Maple Allée, photo: Ken Ek
The exhibition’s music is written by and produced by Julian Grefe, who stated: “The music of Infinite Wave is hopeful, wistful, reflective, futuristic, and nostalgic. From dreamloop last year we move into a more playful, ethereal vibe. It all is designed to move the visitor along a fluid path, a continuum populated with these moments, like stones in a stream.”
With ongoing, out-of-this-world photo opportunities that can’t be denied, exhibit-goers may need to refuel at the pleasant midway stopping point amongst the outdoor exhibition. Partnering with the GFS, the Constellation Culinary Group will be serving up food & beverages that perfectly accent the rousing experience. During our Arts News Now press preview on November 16, we were greeted with the cozy comfort options of spiked, spiced cider and warm cinnamon doughnuts while warming up by one of the fire tables, imagining together what’s next.
Klip Collective, dream.glitch at Grounds For Sculpture, photo: Ken Ek
“We are thrilled to present Night Forms: Infinite Wave and offer visitors the opportunity to encounter the interplay between art and the environment up close. By design, the audio-visual artworks on view respond to and interact with the surrounding nature, resulting in a dynamic experience that visitors can return to again and again for fresh perspectives,” said Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director of Grounds For Sculpture. “Building off the success of the first installment of Night Forms, this year’s iteration reflects our continued vision of bringing innovations in art to Grounds For Sculpture.”
The exhibition is curated by Faith McClellan, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Grounds For Sculpture.
Tickets are now on sale for Night Forms: Infinite Wave. Exhibition hours are Thursday – Sunday, Sunset to 11 pm (last tickets available at 9:30 pm), opening to the public on November 25 and running through April 2, 2023.
Advance-timed ticket reservations are highly recommended to ensure entry. Reservations can be made online at groundsforsculpture.org/nightforms.