On-Site, the second summer exhibition at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, brings together new sculptures by Gretchen Bennett, Nicholas Nyland, and Carolina Silva.
Marisa C. Sánchez, SAM's assistant curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, invited these three artists to conceive of objects, often experimental in concept and execution, that respond to the context of the park environment. Their temporary interventions provide unexpected encounters with art, in turn encouraging fresh perspectives on sculpture and its making. Their diverse works cast a new lens on our experience with sculpture and with the landscape at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
For the past ten years, Trenton Doyle Hancock has been developing an epic saga between the forces of good and evil, featuring imagined creatures called the Mounds and the Vegans. Mounds are peace-loving beings, while the Vegans are an evil race who has lost the ability to see in color. Influenced by comics, graphic novels and cartoons, Trenton Doyle Hancock has created a dynamic narrative of mythological proportions. In A Better Promise, a site-specific installation at the Olympic Sculpture Park, the artist continues his dramatic story through text and images, including wall drawings and some sculptural elements as well.
The public is invited to participate in A Better Promise by bringing different colored bottle caps to the Olympic Sculpture Park and depositing them in the clear boxes in the installation.