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Spencer Finch

“Art should be inclusive but not easy.” 

—Spencer Finch

Throughout his career, Spencer Finch has played with light and color to create works of art that explore specific spaces. Creative Time and Friends of the Highline commissioned Spencer to create the first public art project for the June 2009 opening of the Highline Park in Chelsea. The work, entitled The River That Flows Both Ways, is a study of the many colors of the Hudson River and an exploration of the relationship between work of art and public audience. In Summer 2008, Spencer and YI teens explored these same themes in their project. Using the Whitney as their site and The River That Flows Both Ways as their inspiration, the teens made their own installation from refuse they found around the Museum’s offices. They were able to awaken concerns about the environment and firmly ground their work as part of the expanding green movement.