^^^volume by leo villareal^^^
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If you've heard all the hype around the Wonder Exhibit at Renwick Gallery, I just have to say that yes, it's all true and totally worth a visit! Where to even begin... so after a two year renovation, the gallery re-opened but in an utmost way. It turned the entire museum into an ongoing flow of large scale installations that let you fully immerse yourself into the artwork. You have no choice but to be swept up, touched and moved by these larger than life beauties. In a different approach, all of the installations were created specially for their space so structure and architecture definitely influenced the art and the way we interact with it. I've never experienced anything like it and it was so inspiring to spend time in each room. Like I said in my DC recap, this was by far my absolute favorite experience and one that I would highly recommend. If you do nothing else, go explore this exhibit that sadly won't stay permanent, so enjoy it while it's around.
It's really hard to chose a favorite installation but I suppose if I had to, shindig by patrick dougherty would come in first with second place being a tie between untitled by tara donovan and plexus a1 by gabriel dawe. There's just something very nest like about shindig that made me feel really cozy and safe. I also really love how organically the installation came to be, with each twig and branch bending or yielding to create the shapes I so love. Would you believe me if I told you that untitled (the white sand pile like) exhibit which causes so much awe and wonder is created from everyday items like styrofoam cups, index cards, tooth picks, more?! Crazy but it just goes to show how it's all a matter of perspective when it comes to how we use things in our lives. This one caused a sense of calm for me and brought out the kid in me as I explored every nook and cranny it had to offer. I have a confession, it took every inch of will power in me not to touch plexus a1 because man, was this one memorizing. At first glance it looks like the rainbows might be created by rays of light but they aren't, they are actually thread! The pictures don't even really do it much justice, it's one of those that you'll have to experience for yourself. That installation left me feeling light and happy because, you know, rainbows...
***Today I am thankful for the chance to explore this truly inspiring gallery... wish I was there right now!***