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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paula Hayes at MOMA


From the Press Release:
Botanical Sculptures by Paula Hayes installed in MoMA's lobby
The Museum of Modern Art presents an installation of two sculptures by New York artist and landscape designer Paula Hayes (b. 1958) that will be on view in the Museum’s lobby from November 17, 2010 through February 28, 2011. The installation, Nocturne of the Limax maximus, includes a fifteen-foot-long, wall-mounted horizontal sculpture called Slug, and a free-standing floor-to-ceiling structure titled Egg. Organic in form and containing a variety of living plants, the vessels will enliven the space during the winter season. The installation is organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with the artist.
Since the 1990s, Hayes has produced botanical sculptures—organically shaped vessels made from blown glass, silicone, or acrylic, and filled with a rich variety of plant life—that expand upon the classic terrarium, both through their imaginative containers and the microcosmic universes within. For the MoMA project, Hayes began thinking about the concepts of fertility and fertilization. While working on her initial drawings, she was inspired by a documentary film portraying the intricate mating ritual of the Limax maximus, or Leopard slug (which takes place in early summer, usually during the night), and the fluid columnar forms that emerge during the process of fertilization. Slug and Egg are made in cast acrylic and hand-blown glass, and filled with vegetation. Aided by built-in lighting and weekly maintenance, these “living artworks” bring nature directly into the Museum as they challenge conventional definitions of sculpture.
Currently, through February 28, 2011

All photos, Courtesy MOMA, Marianne Boesky Gallery and Paula Hayes,
Photographer: Jason Mandella
MOMA website
Marianne Boesky Gallery
Paula Hayes website
Jason Mandella website
thought2form-living creatively, Paula Hayes, Fragile Planet

Friday, January 14, 2011

Global Warming


ABC News, with Diane Sawyer, recently presented a story (above) about recent catastrophic flooding in Australia and Brazil.
According to the Climate Institute, "Most of the world's coastal cities were established during the last few millennium, a period when global sea level has been near constant. Since the mid-nineteenth century, sea level has been rising, likely primarily as a result of human-induced climate change. During the 20th century, sea level rose about 15-20 centimeters (roughly 1.5 to 2.0 mm/year), with the rate at the end of the century greater than over the early part of the century."
To find out more about the repercussions of global warming, please visit the Climate Change Institute website, listed below.

Diane Sawyer
Climate Institute website

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Garden Artistry

Every so often, we call upon Candido to assist us in our garden. We ask him to plant, prune, adjust, transplant and compose. He, quietly and meditatively, works - as earth and vegetation give way to this gentle master. He disassembles, amends, composes and re-creates - an artist at work.
The impact of Candido's artisty is difficult to comprehend in photographs or words. His Zen-like, masterful treatment and care bestows a still, scintillating energy upon the garden; an energy that lingers long after his work is done.
Keep your eyes open, listen intently, and move through the world with an open heart and mind. Artists are everywhere.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

California Dreams

What better way to start the new year, than with a walk along the ocean shore. The waves, advancing and receding - and that magnificent sound - encourage us to release the old, while providing us space to bring in the new. We let go and rejuvenate, simultaneously.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Santa Fe Clay Gallery

For our first post of the new year, we are pleased to announce an exhibition at Santa Fe Clay Gallery.

From the press release:

Small Sculptures:
Katherine Taylor

Cynthia Rae Levine
Miguel Abugattas
Karen Thuesen Massaro

Photo: Santa Fe Clay Gallery

January 21 - February 26, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, January 21, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Clay is hosting an exhibit of four ceramic sculptors whose work is small in scale and unique in presentation. We are pleased to showcase these artists who have not shown a substantial body of work in our gallery until now.
Miguel Abugattas lives and works in San Antonio, TX. His naturalistic forms are reminiscent of caves and the landscape of the Southwest.
Cynthia Rae Levine is from Minneapolis, MN. She finds inspiration in the natural world, and simplifies nature’s complex structures to create her unique vessels.
Karen Thuesen Massaro is from Santa Cruz, CA. Her intimate geometric sculptures lead the eye across detailed surface patterns and shadows.
Katherine Taylor lives in Little Elm, TX. She watches how humans interact with their landscapes. Their movements, contours, and textures influence her sculptures.
Santa Fe Clay website
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