Mystery solved! These black and white posters that appeared on trail kiosks over the summer are the work of artist Anne Thompson | Arts-theater
WILLIAMSTOWN – Last year, posters featuring bold black and white symbols began appearing in trail kiosks around the Berkshires.
The symbols were not a mysterious message, but the work of artist Anne Thompson, who has long explored the changing meaning of signs and symbols in relation to their social environment, whether in paintings, prints or outdoor projections. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she began designing posters and putting them up on kiosks. His unauthorized project sought to engage and complicate public messages at a time when people were increasingly venturing out and looking for meaning outside.
As striking as they are mysterious, its abstract forms suggest the orientation of the public, but also digital iconography, modernist logos and ancient languages. In “Trail Signs,” which recently debuted at the Clark Art Institute, the artist continues this series on Clark’s Trails and the adjacent town trails maintained by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.
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Thompson, a resident of Williamstown and a member of the visual arts faculty at Bennington College, where she is director and curator of the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, uses wheat dough, a delicate and impermanent technique, to evoke layered, worn textures. and torn city streetscapes in the natural setting of Clark. A revolving installation, it will affix new sets of posters to the surfaces of the free-standing wooden structures every two weeks, creating a total of 48 unique prints over the two months of the project. She will document each of the prints on location and produce an artist’s book at the end of the project, presenting it to the Clark at a conference in the spring.
At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, Thompson, along with Robert Wiesenberger, Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at The Clark, will lead a walk through his outdoor exhibit. The walk will start at Fernández Terrace and end with a campfire and treats on Stone Hill.
This event is free, but prior registration is required at clarkart.edu/events. Wear sturdy shoes and dress accordingly. The Clark has an all-terrain motorized wheelchair available for this conference on a first come, first served basis.