Thanks to the magic of time-lapse video, the roughly two hour installation of this site-specific project, Migration House, is condensed to this entertaining and bite-sized visual summary of the event. The reclaimed wood and metal sculpture is by Hudson Valley-based artist, Robert Hite, whose rural southern roots and travels around the developing world have deeply influenced his work, and are particularly evident in this work. Imposing in scale – at 9 feet high and 21 feet wide - this structure is supported by stilts that perch tenuously on wooden lathe hills that form a kind of landscape. It bears the hallmarks of Hite’s work: hand-made habitation: weathered, scavenged patchworks, undulating rooflines, and doors and windows framed, seemingly, with what’s at hand.
Integral to the completion of Hite’s sculptures – including Migration House – is its photographic documentation in a carefully selected outdoor environment. The Albany International Airport’s Art & Culture Program invited the artist to expand upon the presentation of Migration House with an exhibition of additional sculptures and large-scale black and white prints. The exhibition, titled Above the Fray, will feature 11 photographs, including a new representation of Migration House sited in a Hudson Valley landscape, and four sculptures. It will be on view in the Concourse-A Gallery from February 9 – October 24, 2018; Migration House will remain through 2020.
In 2018, the Art & Culture Program celebrates 20 years of presenting exhibitions and installations throughout the Albany International Airport terminal. To mark this significant anniversary, our exhibitions this year will reflect consideration of the landscape. Concurrent with Migration House and Above the Fray, the Albany International Airport Gallery will present Upon the Ground, Below the Water, an exhibition of six contemporary artists who observe features of the natural world marked by human endeavor.
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