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Behind the scenes of "Make Arrangements"

Make Arrangements explores the meditative act of arranging and composing. In a time where we are all spending increased time in our homes, people have recently reconsidered and rediscovered the objects surrounding them and, through the act of arranging, found comfort in being able to direct their environment.

Artists Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao (CHIAOZZA), Fitzhugh Karol, Pilar Wiley, and Karina Bania, create works that examine objects and their ability to move us as we move them. Throughout the duration of this show, the artworks will be rearranged, creating new relationships and highlighting the shifting meaning and importance imbued in their forms.

Similar to a Japanese rock garden, this evolution of the exhibition is a contained experience rather than a linear one, adapting and reflecting within the defined space, in pursuit of an enigmatic sense of natural order and control. Go behind the scenes with the artists of the exhibition below.

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"Bouquet Sculpture No. 1" is the first in a series of sculptural works that began as drawings and then paintings of abstracted flower arrangements in vessels. — Chiaozza

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These works draw inspiration from intersections of the natural and imagined worlds, in which elements of nature - rocks, sticks, leaves, flowers, etc - become raw material for shaping and playing with aesthetic form. — Chiaozza

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These freestanding black works relate to larger sculptures made up of intersecting planes. However, these pieces were modeled directly from beach stones. — Fitzhugh Karol

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This light makes a space to receive, contain and generate. I’m interested in lamps as sculptures because of light's effect on the body's hormones, moods and biorhythms. There is a potential to shift the movements of domestic life toward an energetic ritual. — Pilar Wiley

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The Nike logo evolved from the on-going banana motif in my work. For me, the Cavendish banana stands in for the homogenizing impulses of patriarchy. Inscribing and repeating it on vessels became a way to try and capture and control that power. The banana shape turned into the Nike logo, and the repetition continued – an experiment in appropriating corporate power. — Pilar Wiley

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There is a living energy in the daily rituals of life that ground us and make us feel alive. Through these paintings, I try to capture the feeling and movement of these moments. — Karina Bania

To learn more about Make Arrangements or to visit the show, click here.

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