bright sun
partial shade

a project by PAUL DRUECKE
presented in conjunction with



Press Release
5 - 17 - 05
contact info: Paul Druecke 832-613-5826


Sunday, June 5th, 2005
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Market Square Park, Houston TX, 77002 (Rain date to be announced.)

Bright Sun Partial Shade takes place in conjunction with the exhibition project, Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape. The public is invited to artist Paul Druecke's project Bright Sun Partial Shade. For this project, Mr. Druecke has commissioned a piece of artwork by artist Scott Wolniak. Druecke commissioned the work in order to give it to the city of Houston. The unveiling of this gift will take place on Sunday June 5th, 2005, from 6 - 7 p.m. in Market Square Park. The historic Market Square Park is located in downtown Houston between Travis and Milam and Preston and Congress.

With the project Bright Sun Partial Shade, Druecke plays the roles of both benefactor and artist, and in doing so he creates a hybrid persona. This persona bridges stereotypes about the social roles of artist and philanthropist. The result is a precarious blend of unimpeded make-believe and powerful generosity. As in past projects by Druecke, Bright Sun Partial Shade twists and recasts assumptions about our relationship to one another and to society. In her essay, Snapshot, Amanda Douberly writes of Druecke's work, "Community lingers in the background of all of [his] work. … The concept of community at work in Druecke's projects centers on shared experiences that connect us to each other in ways that are often surprising, and frequently ignored."

The project comes in response to Houston's long tradition of philanthropy and libertarian leanings, and in recognition of the continuing struggle to keep our urban spaces both vibrant and relevant.

Druecke has chosen a piece from Wolniak's Weed series because the work has a delicate optimism along with a transgressive undertow. For this series, Wolniak fabricates beautiful multi-colored weeds from recycled trash. He says of the project, "These materials [garbage and weeds] appear and reappear day after day with amazing persistence, inspiring me to consider the social and natural forces behind the ephemera." Mr. Wolniak has exhibited his Weeds at the art galleries, White Columns, NYC, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, NYC, Locust Projects, Miami, Peres Projects, LA, and Mixture Contemporary, Houston, TX.

Druecke's gift is part of a larger exhibition project entitled Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape, which consist of a multi-city event organized by artist Heather Johnson. For the second year running, Cracks in the Pavement invites artists to place works in the public sphere with the intent that the art found by the public can be taken and kept. In 2005, over forty artists in fifteen cities from around the world will participate. Bright Sun Partial Shade's physical presence in Market Square Park is intended to be ephemeral. A foldout mailer commemorating the event will accompany the project.

Project History:
Paul Druecke's past projects include:
The Community Courtyard, 2005, bypassing the official museum channels for overseeing such matters, Druecke solicited sponsors to rename the west lawn of the Contemporary Art's Museum Houston. The sponsors were commemorated on a tee shirt, which was produced for the group show, Amalgama, at the Contemporary Art's Museum Houston.
A Public Space: Main Street Square, 2004, for which he invited 24 people from diverse walks of life to photograph the same public space, Main Street Square, in downtown Houston. Exhibited at Project Row Houses, Houston, TX.
Between Sleep and Awake, 2003-2004, a photographic series of self-portraits capturing the transition from sleeping to awake. Druecke orchestrated this group of photos by setting up his camera, with cable release, at the bedside of twenty-five people and instructing them to snap their image the very first thing upon waking. Exhibited in the group show, Amalgama, Contemporary Art's Museum Houston, at Inman Gallery, Houston, TX, and at KMart, Milwaukee, WI.
Blue Dress Park, 2000, a one-night event christening a forlorn patch of cement as Blue Dress Park. Without seeking official sanction, Druecke invited city officials, neighboring communities, family, and friends to participate in the transformation of an ill-designed public space. The physical space was not altered.

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