What do bees want? The fact that Jarrett
Mellenbruch has spent seven years trying
to find the answer tells you a lot about him.
Haven, his most extensive project to date,
features a series of pole-mounted, Corian,
wood, and steel beehives designed to
provide a safe environment for wild honeybees
imperiled by colony collapse disorder
and other threats. Though the specially
designed hives sound like science, they
emanate from Mellenbruch’s concept of
“use-value aesthetics,” which sets “real
world outcome-oriented solutions” as an
artistic goal. “The purposeful creation of
utility within the context of an artwork can
act to expand the territory of what is con -
sidered art,” he writes in Use-Value Aesthetics,
a master’s thesis that he published
in illustrated book form in April 2014.
...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.