Return To Sender

“Return to Sender” Project Description:
During his time in Flock House he will walk around the neighborhoods surrounding the Bronx Museum making pictures that fall within the traditions established by postcard aesthetics. He will then select 5 images to be made into numbered postcard editions of 100 (500 postcards in total). Each card will state the images location, be stamped and self-addressed to the institution. He will then become a representative of Flock House within the Bronx Museum and greet visitors with a postcard that they may take and mail back with a message to the project and museum. The act of traveling through the mail gives the image a life in the present, retaining the physical imprints of its journey.

Using the Flock House as a platform for connectivity and interactivity, his project offers museum visitors the opportunity to directly participate in and affect the outcome of a pedagogical aesthetic. As a model of education, the museum as conceptual interior offers information and experience through various aesthetic forms and activities. In this work, the museum-goer is given an opportunity to venture into the world and return an image of its surrounding geography, renewed by the marks of its travels. In the moment of its return, the postcard and its sender educate the museum by way of their journey.

Bio:
Scott Patrick Wiener (b. 1977. Baltimore, MD) spent most of his early life traveling from one military base to another, never spending more than four years in one place at a time. The work he produces is a direct result of an attempt to hold onto time and place – to stabilize it. He proceeds accordingly by using lens-based media to reference past personal or socio-historic events reinforcing their antagonistic specificity as objects in the present. He has attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Class of 2010) and is the recipient of a 2009-10 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany. Wiener has shown both nationally and internationally and currently resides in Boston, MA where he teaches at Brandeis University, Middlesex and Bunker Hill Community Colleges.

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