ON VIEW November 2 – December 31, 2018
LIGHT OF THE OCEAN is a dynamic, site-specific installation by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, a New York-based American artist born in Honduras. With the help of over 50 community volunteers and experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, the two main galleries have been turned into a magical marine environment with pathways through sand, seashells and other organic materials indigenous to the East End, plus video projections of water and marine life, approximately thirty-two of Francisco’s large-scale acrylic paintings, and thousands of painted paper bags. The smell of the sea and sounds of whales invading the viewer’s senses make a transformative gallery visit.
This bold exhibition shows, through vivid and colorful shapes and volumes, the exuberance of nature; but in a subtle way it also underlies its fragile, ephemeral quality and the urgency to protect it. Recycled paper in the form of thousands of brown grocery bags have been painted and cut by hand and will be attached to the walls one by one. All together the bags camouflage the various animals or abstract patterns that will be carefully painted, and later semi-hidden by the protruding paper.
“In my work, nature is a metaphor for the complexity of the human condition. For more than twenty-five years, I have created installations aimed at attracting the viewer through a seemingly natural and familiar space. I use recycled paper from brown grocery bags, painted and cut by hand.” says Artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez. “The bags can take on various natural forms, giving way to multiple interpretations, and also recalling their organic origin. Once placed on the gallery walls, the humidity of each space gives each bag its particular form, changing like a plant over the course of the exhibition. Symbolically, the mundane paper bag is acquiring life.”
In addition to Francisco’s installation, Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program has set up an education center in the back gallery to teach about the marine and plant life featured in the exhibition.
This exhibition has been made possible, in part, thanks to the generosity of Margaret Sullivan.
Special thanks to housing provider Courtney Murphy, sand donor South Fork Septic Services, Bill Fox Grounds Maintenance, Gardeneering, April Gonzales Garden Design, our education collaborators at Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, Mayor Michael Irving and the Village of Southampton, and the tireless installation volunteers.
Portrait of Francisco; © Rahil Ashruff, 2018
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LIGHT OF THE OCEAN features a dynamic installation of works by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, New York-based American artist born in Honduras. Our two main galleries have been transformed into a magical marine environment with part of the floor covered with sand, seashells and other organic materials indigenous to the East End of Long Island.