Chris Mahonski: Spurious Brood
June 22, 2017 - September - closing date to be announced
Opening Gathering with Artist Talk: Thursday, June 22 - 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Burlington's City Hall Park at the corner of Saint Paul and College Streets
Overnight Projects is pleased to present Spurious Brood, an outdoor installation by Virginia-based artist Chris Mahonski. The artist will use roughly 200 Timex Ironman watches, set to ring in intervals, in the branches of trees on the Northwest corner of City Hall Park in Burlington to evoke the sound of cicadas on a summer night.
Spurious Brood began as a similar installation during the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Exhibition in 2014. The title references groups of cicadas that emerge years too early or late, out of step with the rest of their species. “Cicadas [like a] biologic clock that both overlaps and exists outside of our human concept of time,” Mahonski says.
“Although Spurious Brood is installed — and removed — as a sanctioned public artwork,” the artist continues, “it is meant to evoke guerilla-style placement. It forms a confrontational relationship to the majority of public art we encounter by subtly opposing monumental figurative statues or heroic modernist abstractions plopped around our cities.”
Mahonski was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and his MFA in sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mahonski has shown work nationally, is an adjunct instructor at VCU and Mary Washington University. For a full CV, visit christophermahonski.com.