Muddy Waters

A body of work developed at Denniston Hill that  is part documentation and part installation; a metaphor for the current political stage at large, a call to the wild.

Reflecting on the physical beauty of the Catskills and the exchanges the artist had with local residents, the installation is a survey of sorts that imagines alternative ways of thinking about the natural environment.

Aligning himself with the social renewal envisaged by philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner and social sculptor Joseph Beuys, Gaete explored his inner capacity to make sense and connected deeply with place and community in this new body of work. 

The community ––local residents and others– was invited to activate some of the works installed through a series of collective actions that use drawing and sound as forms of recording. The purpose was to resonate and expand the ideas presented in the show. 

The work was produced during a month residence sponsored by a partnership between Denniston Hill and The Laundromat Project.

The Laundromat Project is a New York City-based arts organization that brings socially relevant and socially engaged arts programming to laundromats and other everyday community spaces.

Denniston Hill is an artist-centered interdisciplinary arts organization that fosters an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics, and meaning of contemporary artistic practice.
Their work is guided by the principle that creative and critical voices are important in shaping a just, equitable society.

Both organizations are committed to providing much-needed time and space for artists to explore the making of art, justice, and community.