While fall brings the closure of the Museum building, the beautiful weather beckons you to explore the sprawling Museum Park. The most recent addition to the collection in the Park is the billboard project Park Pictures. It is the second project in a continuing series of site-specific works of art entitled Art Has No Boundaries, commissioned by the Museum to encourage visitors to explore the outside part of the Museum. The billboards will change on a continual basis to feature the work of many different artists.
The inaugural artist, Jeff Whetstone, a Durham-based photographer, has long explored the interrelationships between humans and the natural landscape. His installation, Signs, is a three-billboard series that focuses on the bare branches of a winter landscape in such an intensely close manner that the image itself becomes almost abstract. He highlight this effect by photographing in black-and-white enabling him to remove some of the original meaning or intention behind the natural setting and insert his own interpretation. Whetstone often seeks words or messages among the gnarled vines and branches as if they are placed there through celestial intervention. He even highlighted words by hand with reflective tape to emphasize his findings.
“I have taken on the role of the visionary who seeks divine messages applied to the material of our world… the landscape has become a drapery onto which my fears and desires are projected,” Whetstone says.