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Chloë Bass

American, born 1984

Chloë Bass (American, born 1984), Wayfinding, 2024. Photo: Brenda Bieger, Buffalo AKG Art Museum. 

Wayfinding,

Public Artwork Details

Upcoming

Location:

Buffalo AKG Campus and Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park

Materials:

6 mirrored stainless-steel signs with frosted vinyl lettering, 48 x 120 each; 12 double-sided frosted stainless-steel signs with mirrored lettering, 36 x 24 each; 6 acrylic signs with UV printed image, 36 x 24 each, 24 engraved aluminum signs, 5 x 8.5 each

Measurements:

Dimensions variable.

Location: Buffalo AKG Campus and Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park 

Wayfinding is a meditative installation of forty-eight sculptural signs placed throughout the grounds of Delaware Park and the Buffalo AKG campus. Through a combination of evocative and lyrical prose and archival images, Bass’s sculptures encourage moments of private reflection in public space.

The work revolves around five central questions written by the artist:

How much of care is patience?
How much of life is coping?
How much of love is attention?
How much of hope is forgetting?
How much of belief is encounter?

Chloë Bass (American, born 1984), Wayfinding, 2024. Photo: Brenda Bieger, Buffalo AKG Art Museum. 

Chloë Bass (American, born 1984), Wayfinding, 2024. Photo: Brenda Bieger, Buffalo AKG Art Museum. 

Chloë Bass (American, born 1984), Wayfinding, 2024. Photo: Brenda Bieger, Buffalo AKG Art Museum. 

Chloë Bass (American, born 1984), Wayfinding, 2024. Photo: Brenda Bieger, Buffalo AKG Art Museum. 

Chloë Bass (American, born 1984), Wayfinding, 2024. Photo: Brenda Bieger, Buffalo AKG Art Museum. 

And a question written specifically for the Buffalo installation of this work:

How much of truth is coherence?

From these simple yet profound prompts, the artist seeks to build a bridge between internal thought and external social and civic dialogue. Discovery is a fundamental element of this installation. The work is meant to appear and disappear from view. There is no way to “see” the work all at once. There are only discrete experiences that add up to a larger whole, relying on the landscape and a viewer’s unique journey, the signs they notice, and the natural surroundings they observe.

Wayfinding first began at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2019–20), before traveling to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis (2021) and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles (2022–23).

Wayfinding has been acquired into the Buffalo AKG's Public Art Collection. 

  • A glass sign with an image of hands in an embrace

    Audio Experience

    The exhibition is accompanied by an audio artwork. This essayistic recording is sourced from original writing, Yelp reviews, reports from the National Institutes for Health, and landscape design textbooks. The audio guide is read by Chloë Bass, Eric Jones, Faith Quinn, Gail Wells, and Andrea Wenglowskyj.

Headshot of a woman with short dark hair, medium skin tone, wearing a grey shirt, leaning against a railing looking out a window
Photo: Ross Collab, courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates

About Chloë Bass

Chloë Bass is a New York City–based artist who works in performance, publications, installation, and social spaces. She uses daily life as a subject for deep research into scales of human intimacy, from the personal to the civic. Wayfinding is a sub-project of Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place, an investigation of intimacy within the immediate family. Bass has held numerous national fellowships and artist residencies, with her work appearing nationally and internationally.

Dedication

During the production of this exhibition, one of the project’s participants, Gail Wells, passed away. She cared deeply about the landscape we share together. We dedicate this exhibition to her work.


This installation is made possible by the Buffalo AKG Art Museum in conjunction with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Initiative Sponsors

The Public Art Initiative is supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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