Solo exhibition at Monserrat College of Art in Beverly Ma., curated by Leonie Bradbury.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by the 1893 writings of historian Fredrick Jackson Turner in ‘The Significance of the Frontier in America. ‘“Here, Turner posits that the American identity was forged in opposition to the unexplored frontier,” explains Osorio-Buck, “Vestigial European habits and morays were jettisoned for the practicalities of surviving. With the submission of the wilderness and the fruition of Manifest Destiny in the 19th Century, Turner thought that the American identity would become sedentary and complacent.” Osorio-Buck has responded by re-imagining an outpost, where our national psyches, in spaces such as national parks, can potentially re-enact the moments in history when American’s were confronting the depths of the frontier, sans frontier.
Installed in the 301 Gallery, the artist has constructed elements of convenience and necessity to re-imagine the value of such real-life re-enactments; a cord of firewood, instant noodles, a porta-potty and camper. As viewers enter Osorio-Bucks structures, relax at his picnic table or take a post-card as a souvenir, they may consider the enduring American mythos of Freedom, exploration and self-sufficiency.