'Part of my work's allure is its impermanence, the life cycle ... My focus has always been the process of building a work and allowing those who pass to enjoy the daily changes or drama of building a sculpture as well as the final product ... Often the public imagines that a work of art should be made to last, but I believe that a sculpture, like a good flower bed, has its season.
– Patrick Dougherty
The feature length documentary Bending Sticks celebrates the 25-year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film, by Penelope Maunsell and Kenny Dalsheimer, follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work and reveals Dougherty's process, personal story and inspirations. The heart of the film is the creation of five Dougherty commissions in different locations – inside the new wing of the NC Museum of Art, on Main Street in Rock Hill, SC, at a private home in Chapel Hill, N.C., at the Bascom Art Center in the mountains and in the gardens of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. At each location, viewers see how Dougherty and many others transform piles of sticks into energetic lines and exuberant forms.
Dougherty's projects invite collaboration and engage communities in the making and viewing of his very public art. Bending Sticks explores how the artist's childhood – spent rambling through the woods and building forts and hideouts with his four siblings – fueled his career and nurtured his work the world 'round – in such places as Tacoma, Honolulu, Dublin, Brooklyn, Chateaubourg and Tokyo. Bending Sticks is fiscally sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund, a 501(c)(3). For more on the film, visit the film website.
Gathering Sticks Short
ADMISSION FREE • PANEL DISCUSSION ON PUBLIC ART & RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
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