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Metamorphosis: Art Aglow

Limited engagement: February 16 through March 4, 2018
5 to 8 p.m. daily 

 
 

See the sculptures aglow!  

  

This exhibit features larger-than-life sculptures, made from a variety of plastics intercepted from the waste stream by artists Sayaka Ganz and Aurora Robson. They have turned the harsh reality of plastic pollution into a beautiful, powerful, and educational exhibit that will inspire us all to rethink our use of plastics and to change our own habits. Discover the everyday plastic objects that have been transformed into sculptures of dolphins, penguins, fish, a whale, and other creatures of the sea and sky. 

  

Light will help create an imaginative seascape full of lit jellyfish, coral and more, as well as a sky scene, highlighting both real and imaginative birds. Additionally, the spectacular "Arise," by Aurora Robson, will be illuminated in the floral display hall. By day the works dazzle with color and form, see them in a new light at night. A fun family outing or date night! 

  

The evening exhibit is included with garden admission, $10 adults, $5 for children 6-12, and is free for garden members and children under 6. 

  

  

  

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The H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund 

  

Teri and Ron Quinn 

 

 

 

 

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About SAYAKA GANZ 

Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Indiana University Bloomington and continued to create welded sculptures of animal forms independently. In 2008 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Sayaka's recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as "3D impressionist", creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity. Her recent exhibitions include: "Danze Della Natura" - solo exhibition at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, "Feng Shui ~ Wind and Water" - solo exhibition in the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man, and "Changing Tides" - solo exhibition at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Her belief is that it is very difficult to think far into the future in terms of our ecological foot print. So often our predictions are wrong, and there are not guarantees for anyone's future. She does not want to condemn the use of plastic or our desire for a more convenient, easier life. However, we must be aware that convenience has hidden costs. She feels that the best way for artists to help reduce waste is to show how beautiful these materials can be, and what can be done with these mundane objects and materials. When we think of these things as beautiful, we value them. If we value our resources we will waste less. For more about Sayaka Ganz, visit http://sayakaganz.com  

  

 

 

About AURORA ROBSON  

  

Aurora Robson is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her work intercepting the waste stream. Her practice is about subjugating negativity and shifting trajectories. Her work formally references recurring nightmares that she had as a child. She was born in Toronto in 1972 and grew up in Maui, HI. After over 2 decades living and working in NYC she recently moved to the Hudson Valley. Robson holds a double major (B.A.) in visual arts and art history from Columbia University. 

  

Robson's work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, WIRED, Art & Antiques, the cover of Green Building + Design and other publications. She is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, a TED/Lincoln Re-Imagine Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Art Work Grant 

  

Robson is also the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work with plastic debris. In addition she has been working on the development of a college course called "Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream" designed to foster creative stewardship at academic institutions. Her goal with the course is to encourage shifting of paradigms in art and science education while helping restrict the flow of plastic debris to our oceans. For more information see her TEDx talk entitled Trash + Love or visit http://www.aurorarobson.com  

  

  

  

  

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