Serpent on the Banks of the Esopus

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

Over the course of the last year, New York based artists Andrew H. Shirley and Amanda Wong built a tree-house in the boughs of a sugar maple tree on the banks of Ulster County’s Esopus Creek near Kingston, NY.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
The Esopus Creek (photo by Luna Park)

The tree-house was built entirely out of reclaimed materials sourced from nearby abandoned structures. The tree-house, reached by rickety ladder, is a sculptural space which will host three exhibitions this summer.

Amanda Wong explained the intent of the project: “Constructing the tree-house was a sculptural and curatorial project seeking to challenge the conventional places and aesthetics that form contemporary art practices by recontexualizing where and how art exists. The tree-house situates the exhibition of art within remote nature as a gesture towards geographically decentralizing and ideologically reconfiguring cultural centers such as museums and galleries.”

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

On Saturday, June 21st, the tree-house was inaugurated with a light installation by Andrew Poneros. Poneros’ illuminated, etched glass bottles were mounted individually on trees surrounding the tree-house.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

And within the tree-house, Poneros mounted a stunning chandelier, whose motifs of serpents, birds, fish and plants couldn’t have been better suited to the bucolic location. As the sun set, the tree-house slowly took on a warm and enchanting glow.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

At the base of the tree-house overlooking the creek, a small black & white TV played one of Poneros’ animations on loop. Be sure to take two minutes and watch Prey for the Eaten.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

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