High Line Art Talk with Charles Mary Kubricht and Dr. Timothy O’Neill

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 10:30am to 11:30am

High Line Art Talk with Charles Mary Kubricht and Dr. Timothy O’Neill

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Artist Charles Mary Kubricht, whose High Line installation Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation draws inspiration from World War I military warship camouflage, is joined in conversation by Dr. Timothy O’Neill, a military expert in camouflage.

The conversation will explore the intersection of camouflage and art, revealing the psychology and engineering behind the concealment of what is otherwise visible.

As reference points, Kubricht and O’Neill will discuss Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation, the artist’s installation on the High Line, and MARPAT, a type of military camouflage developed by Dr. O’Neill in collaboration with the United States Marines, United States Army, the Office of Naval Research, and the Executive Office Soldier Program.

Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation premiered at the High Line in the Fall, 2011. It is currently on view at the High Line near West 30th Street. The installation consists of three storage containers painted with a black-and-white geometric pattern inspired by dazzle, a type of military camouflage used to disguise battleships in World War I.

Bumble and bumble Recreation Center
415 West 13th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10014

This High Line Art Performance is free and open to visitors of all ages. RSVP is required.

About Charles Mary Kubricht
Charles Mary Kubricht lives and works in Marfa, Texas and New York. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston TX, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX, and Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX. In 2010, she was awarded a GSA Art in Architecture commission for the border between the United States and Mexico, a Rice University Public Art Program commission on the Rice University campus, and a residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2012, she will chair the Public Art and Environmental Activism conference at Rice University. Read more on Charles Mary Kubricht and Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation.

About Dr. Timothy O’Neill
Dr. Timothy O’Neill is a camouflage consultant and retired army officer of 25 years, of which 15 were spent as an instructor of Engineering Psychology at United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. O’Neill spent much of the 1970s and 80s researching visual systems to detect and recognize camouflaged military targets. O’Neill retired from West Point in 1991, and has since developed the MARine PATtern, or MARPAT camouflage, and worked with the Marines, Army, Office of Naval Research and Executive Office Soldier Program on various studies and adaptations of texture match in camouflage and pattern recognition.

Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects that take place on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art has been exhibiting a wide array of artworks including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of billboard interventions. High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.