Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, Huntsville, AL
May 13 - July 8, 2016
I created this exhibition of sculptural works with Lowe Mill’s North Gallery in mind. Its huge, light-filled space is a perfect place for my colorful, large-scale mobiles and the way they hover and whirl like otherworldly visitors or players on a stage.
At face value they may seem like fantastical abstractions, but unlike the virtual environments that command so much of our attention, these objects are physically real, handcrafted of materials like mulberry paper and bamboo that quietly harken back to the natural world.
While installations like Actualities now regularly extend into social networks and online platforms where they can reverberate beyond geographical and scheduling constraints, there is a difference between consuming art—or life—as part of the digital stream and encountering it in the flesh. Both are valid experiences, but one is disembodied and arguably illusory, while one directly addresses the realities of existing in the world.
As joyful memento mori, these works are reminders to honor Mother Universe and seize the day.