Park Profile: Douglas Paulson
Douglas Paulson is an artist and educator with an expansive practice: from sprawling social projects in public space, to intimate drawings, books, and sound experiments – all rooted in collaboration. His work has come to life across NYC and abroad, bringing together people from disparate backgrounds into conversation with each other. Paulson is currently the Lead Educator at Socrates Sculpture Park. douglaspaulson.com
For Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day 2020, Paulson selected an exercise from the Park’s Sculpture Studio education program. Paulson asked participating students to list things that had been transformed by their experience at the Park. The resulting compositions can be read as poetry:
Our paper turned to a book
Our book then got lines
Our book was defined by different words.
Then our book had drawing.
The the inflatable got different things on it.
The inflatable was getting destroyed
We started with paper and markers then went to making objects
My love for dogs
The place changed
how many dogs I saw
the things I did
the view of nature
Deactivated –> Activated
Human –> Cyborgs
Cyborg rebellion –>
One control –> Everyone’s control
Black hole Beauty
New inventions Games