I’m super excited to share today’s post with you guys because it’s a real goodie. A few days ago, I visited DC to check out Renwick Gallery’s Wonder exhibit. I had already “seen” photos of the installations on instagram so I knew what to expect, but I wanted to see them all in person.
I took as many photos as I could, but it was quite a challenge because lighting was a little eh. I did my best though so hopefully you guys will enjoy looking through my first photo diary!
Here’s 411 start: nine contemporary artists created site-specific installations, each taking over a different gallery. Together these installations turn the building into a larger-than-life work of art.
These creatives are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials like thread, tires, marbles, and blocks of wood – commonplace objects that are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to transform the spaces and engage visitors in surprising ways.
Patrick Dougherty’s Shindig: uses willow osiers & saplings to weave enormous pods that offer discovery and sanctuary.
Janet Echelman’s 1.8: explores volume without mass in a suspended net that surges in waves evoking a tsunami.
Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus: develops dazzling waves of colored light using miles of embroidery thread spanning floor to ceiling.
John Grade’s Middle Fork: is a tribute to the 160-year-old Renwick building. He found a 160-year-old hemlock in the Cascade Mountains, made a plaster cast of it, and then invited hundreds of volunteers to re-create the tree in recycled cedar strips.
Chakaia Booker’s ANONYMOUS DONOR: transforms hundreds of recycled rubber tires, splicing and weaving them into a mysterious labyrinth.
Tara Donovan’s Untitled: glues thousands of styrene index cards to create ten towers – looming spires that seem like natural accretions.
Jennifer Angus’ In the Midnight Garden: creates spiraling designs across the gallery walls from shimmering, brilliantly colored insects, a novel “wallpaper” that displays nature’s spectacular range of colors and shapes in small life-forms.
Descriptions courtesy of the Renwick Gallery’s Wonder Exhibit brochure. For more on DMV fun, make sure you guys check out my adventures tab and stay tuned for more fab content coming your way!