Richard Petrucci

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Richard Petrucci

Tactical Maintenance

MFA Thesis Show

Sierra Nevada College

 

May 20th - 27th, 2017

203 Harrison Place, Studio 314

Brooklyn, NY 11237

 

The subject of this project is the notion of the garden. A place delineated as separate from both untended nature and the artificial structures of civilization, containing human made arrangements of natural materials.

It's important to distinguish the garden as a humanly delineated space, which is not naturally occurring. Each garden has a tactic of maintenance which cultivates the intended nature and discourages growth of unwanted species, and prevents decay of the grounds themselves.

Is nature to be enjoyed? Is enjoyment a product of our time? Louis XIV felt that wilderness provided no pleasure and that nature had to be arranged by man to be appreciated. The earliest gardens were most likely naturally occurring clearings "...such spots are the gardens of the gods, or of those favoured by the gods, so that they need do no work to keep the place in order.”

The garden provides a controlled space. It is built by humans and embodies culture. A "wild" landscape has it's own conditions and will continue without human involvement. Enjoyment of such a wild place means to accept it, because it was created by numerous consequences beyond any plan. To enjoy a garden is to take pleasure in a person's work. While some gardens aim to be in conversation with nature, others claim dominance over it.

 

Installation View May 2017

Path 4655, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Path 4667, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Path 4834, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Garden of the Grand Trianon 4924, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Path 4930, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Grove 4941, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Grand Canal 4979, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Grand Canal 4993, Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Parc Andre Citroen 5260, Paris, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

The Long Walk 5639, Windsor, United Kingdom

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Cliveden National Trust 5812, Taplow, United Kingdom

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Bois de la Cambre 6545, Brussels, Belgium

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

4087, Brussels, Belgium

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Montbret - 4206, Larajasse, France

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

4657 Versailles, France

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

5054 Versailles, France

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Parc Andre Citroen 5233, Paris, France

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Cliveden National Trust - 5646, Taplow, United Kingdom

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Cliveden National Trust - 5653, Taplow, United Kingdom

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Cliveden National Trust - 5659, Taplow, United Kingdom

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Cliveden National Trust - 5697, Taplow, United Kingdom

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Cliveden National Trust - 5743, Taplow, United Kingdom

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Palm House, Kew Garden 6098, London, United Kingdom

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Palm House, Kew Garden 6129, London, United Kingdom

2017 24x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Palm House, Kew Garden 6416, London, United Kingdom

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

Kew Garden - 6326, London, United Kingdom

2017 10.6x16" Archival Inkjet Print on White Sintra

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