Bruce Munro: Ferryman’s Crossing, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
Munro makes his 7th appearance in the US with a solo exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. This exhibit will show the first iteration of Ferryman’s Crossing from Munro’s Light and Language series.
Shimmering rows of reflective compact discs lit by pulses of light comprise the artwork, an installation that evokes sunlight bouncing off the surface of flowing water.
Throughout his work, Munro uses light to animate environments in ways that activate myriad associations, conceiving this installation as a meditation on Herman Hesse’s 1922 novel, Siddhartha. At the heart of the book lies a journey with a ferryman crossing a river; that crossing becomes symbolic of enlightenment as the ferryman provides both passenger and reader insights into the interdependence of all things. The water in the river serves as a metaphor for the continuous flow of time, melding the past, present and future into a single, ever-moving whole.
Through materials and technologies, the location of the artwork, and the scale of his installations, he layers ideas and interpretations. Munro hopes to spark a joie de vivre inspired by nature, the complexity of the human mind, and the vastness of the cosmos.