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On View: September 30 – January 2017
Temple Contemporary’s swarm of over 8,000 bees is back! In their fourth artist-designed observation hive Aganetha Dyck’s porcelain menagerie of broken figurines is being meticulously re-sculpted by our bees. Through January they’ll be busy building honeycomb to replace the figures’ broken limbs and heads. Other artists who have participated in this series include Hope Ginsburg, Rick Araluce, and Hilary Berseth.
“I am a multi media Canadian artist who is interested in language and communication; how knowledge is transported and transcribed between humans and other species. I am interested in inter species communication. I have chosen to sculpt and draw collaboratively with the honeybees for the past 14 years. My research has included the bee’s use of sound, sight, scent, vibration, and dance. I am studying the bee’s use of the earth’s magnetic fields as well as their use of the pheromones (chemicals) they produce to communicate with one another, with other species and possibly with the foliage they pollinate.” – Dyck