April on Art and Design
In South Florida and Beyond
(l.) "Mandela Grid" by Miya Ando; (c) Cornell Museum; (r) "Windbown" by Hayley Sheldon
Flora presents a garden of sensory delights
As you enter the atrium of the Cornell Art Museum, you will be greeted by huge golden paper dandelions hanging from the atrium ceiling. Called “Windblown” by Hayley Sheldon, this artwork is the exhilarating opening act of Flora--the museum's summer-long exhibition. The exhibit has provided viewers with a surprisingly fresh look at a traditional subject—flowers—put together by the museum’s very creative curator, Melanie Johanson. She challenged artists to present their own conception of flowers in any medium they chose. The results are both varied and fascinating.
Walk through a "Floating Garden".......
The exhibition contains two very impressive large installations: "Enchanted" on the second floor and Amanda McCavour's “Floating Garden” on the ground floor in a corner room. This floating garden is composed of delicately embroidered flowers like buttercups held up by lines of string hanging from the ceiling. The flowers bend and bow their heads graciously like real plants as you walk down the path in the middle of the room.
Andy Warhol here!
On the first floor you'll also find an pen and ink flower drawing
by the most famous artist in the show--Andy Warhol.
It's a delicate, almost whimsical
sketch--completely unlike his later
silkscreened flower prints.
A jolt to Buddhist tranquility
On the second floor, however, you'll get a feeling for those silk creened prints by Warhol. Just take a look at the small bejeweled statue of Buddha by Metis Atash. It's entitled “Forget Me Not Featuring Warhol.” The statue glitters with colorful Swarovski crystals set in patterns from Warhol’s silk screened flower prints; but the spikes covering Buddha's head almost look like a warning. The statue seems to ask: Is glittering beauty better than Buddhist tranquility? It’s up to us to decide.
A forest both "Enchanted" and threatened
In a corner room on the second floor you'll find the installation entitled:"Enchanted." It's a room of mystery-- an indoor forest with a pond in the middle co-created by Diane Arrieta and photographer/video artist Cheryl Maeder. The center of the room takes on the appearance of a pond which Arrieta has filled with colorful animals huddled atop columns.
(l.)Cheryl Maeder (C.); Wall videos and animals from "Enchanted"
"Art washes away