DATES: May 9 and 10, 2020 (Rain dates are Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17, 2020)
TIMES: 12 noon until 5 pm
LOCATIONS: South Fork, Long Island including Southampton, Watermill, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Wainscott, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, North Haven. Maps with addresses available at www.drive-by-art.org
Drive-by baby showers and birthdays have become the norm for celebrating special events during this time of social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many others, artists and cultural producers are sequestered in their homes and studios dealing with depressed income, isolation, and the fears that precarious futures produce. Enter Drive-By-Art, an outdoor public art exhibition that is experienced from the safety and intimacy of one’s own automobile. Not only does Drive-By-Art create a sense of needed solidarity within the artistic and cultural communities now entrenched in the South Fork of Long Island, but it also offers an experience that is otherwise severely limited by our current social distancing practices: interacting with tangible objects in the real world.
Taking advantage of the rich, artistic heritage of the South Fork of Long Island, artists currently living and working here will install and display artworks related to this moment of social distancing on their properties, near roads or on highways. For instance, classic and experimental sculptures made inside may be installed in driveways or as lawn objects; tree trunks can be sites of interventions as paintings; rooftops as sites for light sculptures seen from the road but also the sky. Sides of houses might become surfaces for video projections and picture windows as stages for shadow puppet performances while musicians and sound poets might give live performances at the edge of properties.
Around 50 painters, sculptors, photographers, performance artists, film and video makers, poets, and musicians of varying age, cultural background and gender are involved. All artists, their addresses, and maps of hamlets where their works can be viewed are available here: www.drive-by-art.org
Drive-By-Art is organized by American artist and theorist Warren Neidich, a conceptual artist, theorist and organizer. He is the founding director of Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and the American editor of Archive Books, Berlin and Milan. He works and lives in Berlin and has been summering in the East Hampton area since the 1980s.