Sunday, June 3, 2012

Blowing in the Wind

Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert and I are collaborating on a site-specific installation entitled Blowing in the Wind at the Stoplight Gallery in Winooski, as part of an exhibit called Mutual Gaze/Call and Response, curated by Riki Moss. The exhibit will run from June 22 - August 4, 2012, with an artists talk and reception on Wednesday, July 11th 5 - 7 pm. Here it is (photographed by Jeffrey Gilbert):

The image on the left is the damaged Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, with Vermont Yankee on the right. I will be filling my sculpture (seen at right, with a wooden base) with green leaves for the opening reception on June 22. The leaves will slowly desiccate over the period of the exhibit.

This exhibit is part of the Winooski Pop-up Gallery District, which transforms downtown Winooski into a vibrant hub of contemporary art for six weeks in June and July. The event includes art exhibitions; music and other cultural events; activities for children; and showcases the community of Winooski--its shops, restaurants, and history. The event will kick-off with a grand opening the weekend of June 22nd and continue through August 4th.

The galleries will be open Thursday through Saturday from Noon to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM to 4PM. The Winooski Pop-up Gallery District is produced by Kasini House and the Winooski Welcome Center.

The six artists in this exhibition explore the idea of reciprocal perception: if we look deeply enough into the heart of our planet we evoke its response. What one takes from this experience - guilt, joy, separation, heartbreak, glory, a sense of this marvelous, bio-diverse Earth - is up to the viewer.

The artists in Mutual Gaze/Call and Response are Cami Davis, Janet Fredericks, Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert, Linda E. Jones, Riki Moss, and Janet Van Fleet.


Maggie Neale said...

Very good, Janet...the whole idea, photo, and collaboration...I have wondered how Fukishima has affected Emiko's Japanese life. Hope I get up to Winooski to see it.

Lian Brehm said...

Looks like an interesting thought provoking show Janet. What time is the June 22 reception?

janetvanfleet said...

The reception on June 22 (that will include all the Pop-Up spaces in Winooski) is 7-9 PM .

Then on July 11, there will be a reception and artist talks just for this gallery (now called the Energy Co-op of Vermont Gallery, in recognition of our sponsor) for the show "Mutual Gaze: Call and Response", which includes our piece, "Blowing in the Wind". That reception and artist talks will take place on Wednesday, July 11, from 5-7 PM.

I hope you'll come to one or both!