Matthew Jensen, a New York artist known for multi-disciplinary work about public landscapes, spent several months investigating four historic northern NJ parks and landscapes—Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Watchung Reservation and the Passaic River waterway—to create site-specific artworks for his 2017 exhibition. His explorations begin as walks, and his resulting artwork integrates photography, sculpture, found materials, and local history. By bringing visual traces of surrounding landscapes into a museum setting, his work fosters connections between our natural and cultural resources. During the exhibition, Jensen will create interactive components for each of the four public spaces, encouraging visitors to discover for themselves the wonder of these landscapes.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.