: This episode of ART21 "Exclusive" follows artist Oliver Herring around Madison Square Park as he organizes his largest TASK Party to date. TASK parties encourage people to take creative risks and to break down social barriers through a simple, "self-perpetuating" cycle: Each participant writes down a task and places it into a box and, in exchange, retrieves a task from the box. Participants work together to realize their tasks through provided materials such as paint, paper, tape, plastic wrap, and foil. "These tasks can be interpreted however you want," says Herring. "The tools are your imagination and your imagination is limitless." Since 2002, Herring has organized TASK events around the world, at military bases, museums, churches, schools, and other venues.
Among Oliver Herring’s earliest works were his woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing and furniture. Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos, photo-collaged sculptures, and impromptu participatory performances with “off-the-street” strangers, embracing chance and chance-encounters in his work.
Learn more about the artist at:www.art21.org/artists/oliver-herring
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interviewer: Ian Forster. Camera: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Amanda Long & Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Oliver Herring. Special Thanks: N Wayne Bailey, Peter Krashes & Madison Square Park Conservancy. Theme Music: Peter Foley.
ART21 "Exclusive" is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.