• Rainey Knudson

Rice Gallery: Ackroyd & Harvey (173 words)

The British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey (known as Ackroyd & Harvey) recently planted 100 oak saplings at the Tate Modern in London. The pair grew the saplings from acorns they collected in Kassel, Germany, from the 7,000 oaks planted by Joseph Beuys in the mid-1980s.


For many years, Ackroyd & Harvey have made environmentally themed work using plants, notably grass seed grown directly on walls and fabrics. In 2004, the Rice Gallery in Houston commissioned a new installation by Ackroyd & Harvey of a photographic grass project. Titled Green brick, green back, the installation featured two large-scale panels of live grass that had been grown using a negative photographic projector. One panel featured an image of brick columns on the Rice campus; the other, a dollar bill folded to mimic the geometry of the columns. The Rice Gallery installation was their first time to exhibit in Texas.


(Ackroyd & Harvey are included in One Thing Well, a forthcoming book about Rice Gallery's program of site-specific installation art, published in fall 2021.)








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