Hugh Pocock: This Garden-making salt and evaporation drawing

Project Room 1 Jun 5–Aug 14, 2004

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Jun 5–Aug 14, 2004





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Hugh Pocock: This Garden—Making Salt and Evaporation Drawings, 2004, Installation view

Hugh Pocock’s work investigates the history and metaphor of human relationships with natural resources, space, time, art, and language, often representing what he terms ”an expression of involvement with intense labor and the dynamics of nature.” For the site-specific installation This Garden–making salt and evaporation drawings, Pocock placed 180 gallons of seawater from the Santa Monica Bay in a specially cast, shallow concrete pond, then employed solar-powered lights and fans to evaporate the seawater and leave behind a salt crystal residue. Throughout the exhibition, the salt was regularly harvested and the pond refilled; salt was available for visitors to taste. Pocock used a large-scale pencil drawing to chart and display atmospheric changes in the museum and the levels of natural evaporation of the seawater, and a projection of photographs documented the water collection process.