Peter Liversidge: Proposals for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
16 pages, Fully-illustrated
Essay by Richard Klein
Published by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Musuem, 2016
Design by Gretchen Kraus
For the past decade, Liversidge’s practice has begun with the creation of conceptually based proposals. Typed on an old manual typewriter, these proposals—complete with typographical errors and hand annotations—describe ideas from the practical to the far-fetched. The chosen proposals, guided by the concept of connecting the interior of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum with both the surrounding landscape and community, include working with the employees of Ridgefield Hardware to write a song about the store that they will publicly perform; firing a cannonball into the Museum’s wall in reference to the action during the Revolutionary War that led to a British cannonball being embedded in the wall of the Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield’s Colonial-era historical site; and the fabrication of nine shallow, circular aluminum pans whose relative sizes correspond to the nine largest lakes in Connecticut, with the pans being subsequently filled with water from the specific lakes. Produced on the occasion of Peter Liversidge: Proposals for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum May 5, 2016 to February 5, 2017.