Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden
633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture
December 7, 2015 – April 17, 2016
Leave your preconceived notions about museums at the door and come to your senses. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens presents our innovative exhibition, Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture. Sight Unseen is a contemporary sculpture exhibit centered on the concept of touchable, 3-Dimensional art. All the sculpture on display was made and designed to involve you the viewer; we encourage interaction!
Visitors will have the unique opportunity to answer the question, “What’s this made of?” as they explore the materials and layers of meaning within each work of art. The sculptures on display range from delicate bones, thick wall hangings, silicone-covered figures, and life-sized abstractions, to modern laser-cut works – truly something for every taste. A veritable feast of texture!
The exhibition also features a sensory station, wherein sighted individuals can experience art while wearing blindfolds. This enables guests to let go of sight and fully embrace heightened sensory awareness. The installation features a tactical wayfinding system along with braille labels for those visitors with visual impairments. With insight from our local disability communities, including the blind and vision-impaired and The VSA of Florida (State Organization on Arts and Disability), we welcome all audiences to enjoy the art of touch!
Joanna White has a sculpture in this exhibit...
Joanna White describes her piece:
Title: The Sick Ones
Dimensions: 96 x 5.5 x 50 inches (approximately)
Material(s): Abandoned student drawings, oil paint, post-it notes, metal brads
“Watching my students discard their drawings at the end of the semester is like witnessing the wasted potential of a life. I often scavenge the abandoned drawings and fold them into paper boxes. I love seeing the awkward blunders of an unwanted project magically transform into a completely different life form. Two dimensions become three, and what was a flimsy plane becomes a vessel. I love the tension between the crisp, sturdy appearance of the box structure, and the saggy, yielding quality of the paper. Connecting boxes together forms an entirely new organism... many small geometric segments create an overall organic form. The articulation of the joints provides subtle movement and a fluid restructuring of the collective body. Each segment maintains its originality, yet contributes to a greater whole."