South Jersey resident and Philadelphia-based artist, Carol Taylor-Kearney, was one of 10 artists selected to create a site-specific installation at the Carriage House Project Space at the Islip Museum on Long Island . Her installation, The Gnome Project—Art Gnome Comes Home began with a garden gnome Carol saw smashed and strewn throughout the parking lot of the Carriage House. After documenting this find and restoring what she could of the gnome, she researched and collected the raw materials for this installation from the environs of the Carriage House. It includes photographs, debris found on-site, and objects (both amassed and hand made) that form a whimsical habitat for the once-destroyed gnome, his compatriots, and visitors. The intent of this installation is to draw attention to the architecture and grounds of the Carriage House in an imaginative and ecologically conscientious way, while returning a happier ending to a story with a sad beginning.
The Carriage House is Long Island 's center for experimental art. Contemporary artists are invited to create installations in the varied rooms of this landmark building. This is the 16th year for the exhibition space located at 50 Irish Lane in East Islip , New York . Projects 2009 also includes Nina Cinelli, Joseph A. Esser, Jessie Henson, Hong Seon Jang, Rufus Lusk, Caitlin Masley, Alice Momm, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, and Burton Tysinger. The exhibition will be on view Aug. 15th through Oct. 4th, with a reception open to the public Sun., Oct. 4, 2 to 4 p.m. The Museum’s hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm.