‘Out of Sight’ Inspires Language, Art and Thought at LongHouse

Installation view of Lawrence Weiner: OUT OF SIGHT at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. (Courtesy of the artist © Lawrence Weiner Photo: Wayne Taylor)

Exuberance, energy, vision, visualization, enlightenment and serendipity. These are the core principles and phrases that ground Lawrence Weiner’s newest installation, “Out of Sight,” a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork on view starting Saturday, June 22, at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.

“We hope that many of our visitors, especially youth and teens from the community, will find it educational, thought-provoking and a place to contemplate how words affect our lives,” Matko Tomicic, LongHouse’s executive director, said in a press release.

With a solid creative process and foundation in place, the 40-foot-long hopscotch, or marelle, presents ideas that encourage empowerment and self-discovery — inspiring youth, teens and families to consider the importance of recognizing their life goals.

“A person coming in with whatever situation they find themselves in, the minute they have any thoughts about themselves going FROM HERE TO THERE, they will be able to stand in front of the marelle and realize they first have to imagine themselves doing it, that’s assuming a position,” Weiner said in a statement.

The East Hampton reserve will also feature three site-specific sculptures by artist Stephen Talasnik that he calls “Echo” — floating “habitats” of woven flat reed bamboo that will remain a part of the LongHouse landscape throughout the summer.

“Primarily known for his extensive studio practice in drawing, his sculpture is seen as an extension of his fascination with line or skeletal infrastructure,” the release said. “Characterized as Fictional Engineering, Talasnik builds without plan or measurement, relying on intuition and improvisation. No preliminary drawings are executed for his small-scale works and everything is built by hand. They are ‘mathless’ structures that rely on the rhythm of variable repetition.”

For more information, call (631) 329-3568 or visit longhouse.org.