Call & Response
The Ballad of Crook Horn Road
Sunroom Project Space | September 9 – October 13, 2008
The Ballad of Crook Horn Road, 2008, colorfin plywood, glass, house plants, woven rug, doilies, construction cloth and audio components, 129 x 78 x 70 feet. Courtesy of the artist.
Adam Brent’s large-scale sculptural installation, The Ballad of Crook Horn Road, employs the slick language of suburban architecture to explore ideas of domesticity, memory and childhood. Built out of polymer-infused plywood, wire mesh and window panes, the structure references the distinct look of late-1970’s residential design to instill a sense of nostalgia and wistfulness in the work. Functionless platforms and modular appendages are joined together to mimic back decks and home additions, and iconic objects such as houseplants, doilies and braided rag rugs infuse the room with intimacy and familiarity. The sculpture’s location in the light-filled Sun Porch strengthens this sense of interior space, while juxtaposing Brent’s modern sensibility with the grandeur of its surroundings in Glyndor House.
The Ballad of Crook Horn Road includes a sound component that combines re-mixed selections from television theme songs with the miscellaneous noises of everyday life, such as a baby babbling or a door shutting. The result is oddly comforting, yet difficult to place. Although deeply autobiographical, Brent’s work questions the viewer’s own perceptions of home and family, and in this way, speaks to a profoundly universal experience.
The Ballad of Crook Horn Road, installation view, 2008, colorfin plywood, glass, house plants, woven rug, doilies, construction cloth and audio components, 129 x 78 x 70 feet. Courtesy of the artist.
The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.