Scott Hocking’s sculptures and site-specific installations address the constantly changing landscape of the city through its detritus. Informed by the cycles of nature, ancient belief systems, and current events, his work is a critical examination of Detroit’s history through its material culture, using found objects he collects on the street and in vacant buildings as raw material. These histories, often hidden beneath new structures, buildings, and layers of accumulated earth, are contained within what most people would consider scrap, waste, and refuse. By using and transforming these frequently discarded elements of the urban landscape, Hocking’s work poses urgent questions about our built environment and its relationship to the ancient histories of the lands on which it sits.
Field Station is an annual cycle of projects that features work by artists at different moments in their careers. With a particular focus on new terrain, the series emphasizes the importance of research by offering a space for artists to develop ideas that may be in the early stages of conception or articulation. Field Station approaches art as a complex language that involves many forms and draws upon different disciplines, from engineering, physics, and agriculture to literature, history, and technology. The notion of a field station specifically points to the importance of experimentation and the idea of the museum as software—a flexible structure that is constantly expanding beyond its walls (the hardware), wherein artists are encouraged to collaborate across disciplines at MSU. The exhibitions change every two months, allowing six artists to participate in an annual program. At the end of each cycle, a publication will be produced to report the “findings” from the Field Station.
Field Station: Scott Hocking is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Associate Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union.