"The dream of home has imploded over the past three decades," asserts this international group exhibit's curatorial statement. Despite that dire premise, Camp Out is provocatively light, airy and optimistic — suggesting that "home," in its conventional sense, needed a little roughing up. Making use of Laumeier Sculpture Park's indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, the artists present scenarios for living in a rootless epoch, a period when "place" has come to refer to a global or virtual construct. Oliver Bishop-Young has outfitted a Dumpster — prominently displayed on Laumeier's lawn — with salvaged indoor shelving units that he has filled with meticulously organized collections of leaves, branches, twigs and other sweep-away bits of nature. Studio Dré Wapenaar contributes a teardrop-shaped treehouse made from tent fabric that you can climb into via a utility ladder and survey the surrounding area through small clear-plastic portals. Michael Rakowitz supplies instructions for re-creating his makeshift shelter, a structure made with $5 worth of plastic bags (garbage and Ziploc) and kept inflated by any available air duct. A chicken coop and a raised vegetable bed supply the groundwork for Kim Yasuda's relational project, which will culminate in a neighborhood potluck at the exhibition's close. Indoors, an iridescent plastic fire blazes falsely, a video titled Pruitt-Igoe Falls perpetually repeats the demolition of a French housing project, and what appears to be a sculptural mound of tiny cardboard houses on a plinth turns out to be a costume meant to be worn. Suburban sprawl, housing crisis, class disparity, capitalism in chaos, the ubiquity of technology — art may or may not have any capacity to offer solutions, but it sure does make you think. Through September 16 at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278 or www.laumeier
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Camp Out at Laumeier Sculpture Park through September 16.