NORTH ADAMS -- In conjunction with this summer’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA, New York-based conceptual sculptor Marko Remec has created five outdoor installations on the grounds of MASS MoCA for his show, "Totally Totem," which will be on view from June 15 to Oct. 31.
Referencing the social functions of indigenous totem poles of the Pacific Northwest, Remec attaches ready-made objects such as mops, brooms, and mirrors to utility poles, transforming them into contemporary totems. The works speak to facets of the urban and suburban condition - surveillance and paranoia, narcissism and indifference, and the complex relationship between the built and natural worlds. At MASS MoCA, Remec expands this concept with a large site-specific sculptural intervention, "Can’t Hear You (Fat Totem)," which features over 500 convex mirrors wrapped around a massive (and no longer used) water tower. The mirrors’ traditional use for safety and security is abandoned as the tower becomes a dizzying, world-absorbing spectacle.
"Marco Remec’s vast installation will re-articulate MASS MoCA’s outdoor spaces," notes MASS MoCA director, Joe Thompson. "Some of the works forced the viewer to look radically inward, drawing attention to one’s self, others capture huge, outward-oriented optical fields, and all of them have great wit, humor, and formal presence.
Remec studied studio art and chemistry as an undergraduate at Williams College, and then went on to earn his MBA through Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. The artist had a 25-year career on Wall Street before returning to his roots in the arts. He now lives and works as a conceptual artist in New York City with his wife and two children. "I go to my sculpture studio every day keeping even longer hours than I did as a banker," Remec says. "I want to connect with as many people as possible, which is what drew me to public art."
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