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Tim de Christopher’s The Fruit of Our Labors is an evolving work that explores the life and labors of one man. Synthesizing the traditional practice of stone carving with more contemporary modes of sculpture making, de Christopher’s most recent version of this installation at deCordova is a large, timber-framed structure that houses artist’s stone sculptures as well as weathered found objects.
Evocative of an ancient Greek temple, the structure acts as a monument; its items metaphorically pay tribute to a life lived, representing ideas that are both deeply personal and universally experienced. De Christopher connects these elements visually through a system of lines in space—ropes strung through pulleys, wood beams and shelving, and metal rods—affirming the interrelatedness of all things. Through his composition of accumulated elements, the artist comments on the manner in which we collect things throughout our lives, be they physical objects or intangible memories, prompting questions about what we choose to keep and what we leave behind.
The Fruit of Our Labors was previously installed at the Oxbow Gallery, in Northampton, MA in December of 2010.
This exhibition has been generously funded by an anonymous donor.
Tim de Christopher (b. 1954, Kentfield, CA) is a sculptor living and working in the village of Turners Falls in the town of Montague, Massachusetts. De Christopher studied at The Cooper Union School of Art and Columbia University School of Architecture. He has had numerous public and private commissions, including The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and The Jewish Museum, both in New York City. In addition, he has had fellowships at The Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, and has received grants from Artist’s Resource Trust, LEF Foundation, Massachusetts Culture Council, Northampton Arts Council, and The Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston.
Meet the Artist: Tim de Christopher
Saturday, June 28, 2 pm
Join artist Tim de Christopher for a discussion of his installation, The Fruit of Our Labors, a continually evolving work inspired by his own past that explores the labors of man over the course of a lifetime. Moderated by Koch Curatorial Fellow Samantha Cataldo.