Saturday, December 5, 2015

Joanna White Sculpture in the Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture Exhibit

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!

Sight Unseen artists represent some of the most innovative and exciting sculptors, from local heavyweights, to art educators, emerging and professional artists, and out-of-state exhibitors—many of whom are members of our community partner, The Florida Sculptor’s Guild. The Albin Polasek Museum is proud to be a stage for 40 modern sculptors’ interpretation of texture.  Don’t be afraid “to touch the red button” as we invite you to experience sculpture like never before. Be inspired by your senses.

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
Object Description:
“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."

1 comment:

  1. What a creative conception, Joanna. You must be an inspiration to your students.
    and if they attend the Touchable Sculpture at the Polasek Museum, they will be motivated by the the transformation of their once discarded art works into a provocative organic form. Kudos.
    Bobbi Mastrangelo