Ted Wade Springer
When I first came out to the land, I thought I wanted a studio space and retreat space for myself as an artist. I grew up on a farm in Illinois where I always had freedom of space to make things, and use tools. The land became a place where I could explore in this way again. After a year or so, I realized that it was too special to keep to myself and wanted to share it with other artists. I also felt like I did not fit into the gallery environment like I thought I once did. I wasn't comfortable with the gallery environment, with showing artwork in traditional ways and venues. Something new for me in terms of art making, art showing, and art thinking had to surface, and the land became a place where I could explore these ideas.
The art that is finding its way out to the land is somewhat special, in the sense that most of these pieces are personal to the artists and the creators. The people who made them have strong personal ties to those pieces. It is not really a piece that is for sale. It can be, but it is more often about art as an experience, being and doing. And so the owners maintain ownership of the pieces. It is a place for them to store the artwork but also a viewing place for others to enjoy these pieces. The monetary factor is not really a focus, rather the honoring of the sculpture and its relationship to the artist who made it.
The land becomes a space for this kind of thinking to happen. The landscape and topography allow for each sculpture to have a special place and its own breathing room.
I have taken on a role of supporting artists install their work at the land, providing the right tools for the job. We walk the land together, and after listening carefully to their story, I make efforts to point them in directions that might offer them opportunities in relation to their work. I’m interested in who they are and what they do, so that they can find their strongest sense of themselves here.
I am here to create a platform for others to work and create in their own way, in their own time. Creating a safe, nurturing space that supports others, and facilitates their freedom to express themselves. Part of my personal aesthetic is actually creating a space for others to be themselves.
The Land With No Name is fertilizer; we promote growth of the human individual spirit. We are not trying to make you smarter, better, more successful, not trying to get you a job, a credential. We are interested in you.