From a distance, interfere(nce) looks like an abstract sculpture. Step closer, though, and the plywood structure’s irregular openings tempt you to step inside to examine its sloped walls and jaggedly framed views of the surrounding fields and forest. Is it sculpture or architecture? That isn’t an easy question to answer, which is why interfere(nce) is the perfect debut piece for Architecture Omi, a program in Ghent, New York, devoted to fostering work that probes the intersection of architecture, sculpture, and landscape.
The program is part of the not-for-profit Omi International Arts Center, which also owns an adjacent 150-acre contemporary-sculpture park called The Fields. Organizers emphasize that Architecture Omi is not simply an architectural version of a sculpture park. Instead, it’s something more unusual: a laboratory-like setting where architects, landscape architects, and sculptors can stretch their imaginations and tread on each other’s turf.