Renwick Gallery

Well, I’m in San Diego —

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— but David’s got some schoolwork and I promised a post of the photos Marlon and I gleefully snapped together at the Renwick Gallery a few weeks ago, so here.

As I just learned, the Renwick Gallery is the first building in the United States designed expressly as an art museum, and it had been closed for two years of renovations leading up to the opening of the WONDER exhibition. <- That link explains:

While the nine artists featured in WONDER create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways. The works are expressions of process, labor, and materials that are grounded in our everyday world, but that combine to produce awe-inspiring results.

Photography was encouraged, so our experience went well-documented (to say the least).

Tara Donovan had the index-card sculptures:
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Gabriel Dawe perhaps won the day with his threads that created the illusion of light scattering:www.GIFCreator.me_81ZXj8

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Patrick Dougherty created a sapling-hut village:
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Janet Echelman created a mesmerizing display by splashing a net affixed to the ceiling with color-changing neon lights.www.GIFCreator.me_ilWLsX
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John Grade transformed an old-growth cedar into a hollow hemlock:
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Maya Lin did this marble room:
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Chakaia Booker did some crazy stuff with tires:
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Jennifer Angus made the fantastic insect-mosaic room:
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And Leo Villareal was responsible for the very shimmery ceiling:
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And here’s the rest of our gallery:

So yeah, in short, it was really awesome; and it looks like it’s running through the Spring/Summer of 2016, so be sure to get in a visit before it closes!

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