Ant Farm, Citizens Time Capsule, 1975. Chip Lord and Doug Michels with the tar-covered station wagon, ready to be buried, Lewiston, NY.

Ant Farm and LST

Brooklyn, New York

Pioneer Works

Sustainability received an ironic spin in “The Present is the Form of All Life,” an exploration of time capsule works created by Ant Farm and LST. Shown at Pioneer Works, a nonprofit space dedicated to fostering crossdisciplinary practice, community, and collaboration, the exhibition took a nostalgic look at Ant Farm’s 1970s projects, even as it argued for the group’s continuing relevance as LST. Founded by Chip Lord and Doug Michels in San Francisco in 1968 and continuing on to Houston, Texas, where they were joined by Hudson Marquez and Curtis Schreier, Ant Farm was one of the earliest collaboratives to use cultural objects as “social practice.” Drawing from their background in radical architecture theory and graphic design, they gained notoriety for their inflatables— cheap, portable vinyl shelters used for performances and events that referenced the work of architects like Buckminister Fuller and Paolo Solari and whose fluidity and freedom gave form to the group’s counterculture credo. …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.

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