WaterWorks: Fresh Water Exhibition

WaterWorks @ Temple Buell Hall Gallery, September 2018

WaterWorks @ Temple Buell Hall Gallery, September 2018

WaterWorks is presented in association with the Fresh Water design symposium, hosted by the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Illinois.

Mary Pat McGuire and Jessica M. Henson, curators


The exhibition profiles five ‘visual essays’ by eight artists and designers that investigate flows, processes, infrastructures, narratives, and indexes of the past, present, and future of fresh water. Artists’ and designers’ methods and mediums involve oil, graphite, watercolor, photography, mapping, film, sound, and archival research. 

Both media and mediums are variously explored to reveal physical, material, and temporal relationships with water ways, water infrastructure, water-based production sites, water resources, as well as the qualities, textures, spatialities, and sensations of water.

- Artist Moya Sun explores the processes of transport and sedimentation of “soils” in liquid motion and the delicate dance that ensues between natural, material interactions and human design intervention. 

- Designers Justine Holzman and Forbes Lipschitz speculate, through mapping, painting, and photography, on the potential transformation of vast networks of catfish farming operations throughout the Yazoo River Delta as critical migratory landscape. 

- Designer Nate Wooten creates a video index of water quality dimensions registered by the 129 mile flow of the Maumee River to Lake Erie, in collaboration with music composer Stephen Taylor who creates a data soundscape of the river’s indexical narrative. 

- Designers Kristi Cheramie and Matthew Seibert present unexpected findings of “lost documents” from the Office of Recovery and Reconciliation, that reveal a fraught relationship of the early US Army Corps of Engineers with the at-risk natural and cultural landscapes of the southern Mississippi.

- Lastly, designer Thomas Nideroest highlights the fragility of inland fresh water, as he maps the persistent infrastructural outflow of water from the inland to the arid southwest - an infrastructure that severs territorial relationship through continued commodification and consumption of inland fresh water by the urban coasts. 

WaterWorks continues upstairs in the first-floor Gallery 123, through a student-curated exhibition, representing the creative work our students across the College of Fine & Applied Arts. 

September 10-25, 2018.

Fabrication and installation assistance by Gonzalo Pinilla, Lauren Garriott, and Yizhu Liu. 

The WaterWorks exhibition and Fresh Water design symposium are generously funded by the Brent & Jean Wadsworth Endowment and the Stanley White Fund.