The Women's Studio Workshop (WSW) introduces a public art installation along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in Rosendale by internationally acclaimed artist Pat Oleszko. The Would/Lands: A Walk on the Wild Side is presented to the public on Sunday October 5 at 4 pm, followed by a reception held at WSW.
A series of vibrant costumed characters are presented along side live music to unveil 13 human-sized figures installed along the Rail Trail. These "color-fool" creations will be standing on top of the hills, implanted on the side of the mountain, and wrapped around the trees to provide a delightful and strange discovery for unknowing passerby's. Over the next two months these figures will continue to change along with the landscape.
The installation performance will initiate a series of projects throughout the year as part of a nationwide effort to help artists and communities build identity and economy. It is one of only two projects that New York State received federal funding for.
Oleszko's projects present a unique opportunity to collaborate with the community and cultivate discovery in a public place. Originally from Detroit, Oleszko began studying sculpture at the University of Michigan at Ann Harbor in the 1960s. Now a mixed media performance artist her site-specific work addresses social, political, environmental, and global issues.
To view previous work by Oleszko, watch the video below of a prior installation piece taken from her personal Vimeo.
To find more information about Women's Studio Workshop and the upcoming event please visit the event's Facebook Page.
To learn more about the artist visit her personal .