Romancing the Anthropocene curated by
Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry
Simon Frank - Hamilton, Canada
Fusing his landscape-based art practice with a strange ancient Scottish ritual, Simon Frank will cover himself in burrs, the ingenious hooked seed of the Burdock plant, and walk throughout the Financial District. Follow @burrman13 on Twitter.
Fusing his landscape-based contemporary art practice with an ancient ritual, Simon Frank will cover himself in burrs, the ingenious hooked seed of the Burdock plant, and walk a meandering route throughout the Financial District. Frank had already used burrs as a material for sculpture since 1996, prior to learning of the wonderfully strange “Burryman” tradition, which takes place annually in a small town in Scotland near where the artist was born. Although the ritual has existed for over 900 years, the original purpose of the tradition has been forgotten and lost to antiquity. Many people believe that the only way to rediscover its meaning is to discontinue it to see what happens. A similar sense of rediscovery may occur as the artist enacts the ritual for first time in North America for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013.
Burrman is a primal action that delves into our collective memory and provokes awareness of the delicate relationship between humans and the natural environment that sustains us. Recognition of these connections lies just beneath the surface, waiting like a dormant seed for the right elements, until it can return to our understanding once more.
Follow @burrman13 on Twitter to find
out where he is roaming and where you can find him.
Suitable for all ages
Roaming project, 221 King Street West (Follow Burrman's location on Twitter: @burrman13)
This project is outdoors.