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Metamorphosis

Works by Sayaka Ganz and Aurora Robson  

January 20 through May 13, 2018
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 

 
 

About this two-person exhibition:   

Millions of pieces of plastic find their way into landfills and watersheds every year, causing harm and producing pollution to both wildlife and human beings. This winter and spring, Lauritzen Gardens will present an exhibit constructed of found, recycled and reused plastic objects. Equal parts artistic and educational, this exhibit will feature fine art, accompanied by a message of environmental stewardship and will change the way that you see plastic. From birds to aquatic creatures to a massive vortex, Sayaka Ganz and Aurora Robson will show how beautiful reclaimed materials can be. As Ganz says, "When we think of these things as beautiful, we value them. If we value our resources we will waste less." 

  

  

About SAYAKA GANZ 

Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Indiana University Bloomington and continued to create welded sculptures of animal forms independently. In 2008 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Sayaka's recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as "3D impressionist", creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity. Her recent exhibitions include: "Danze Della Natura" - solo exhibition at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, "Feng Shui ~ Wind and Water" - solo exhibition in the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man, and "Changing Tides" - solo exhibition at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Her belief is that it is very difficult to think far into the future in terms of our ecological foot print. So often our predictions are wrong, and there are not guarantees for anyone's future. She does not want to condemn the use of plastic or our desire for a more convenient, easier life. However, we must be aware that convenience has hidden costs. She feels that the best way for artists to help reduce waste is to show how beautiful these materials can be, and what can be done with these mundane objects and materials. When we think of these things as beautiful, we value them. If we value our resources we will waste less. For more about Sayaka Ganz, visit http://sayakaganz.com  

  

 

 

About AURORA ROBSON  

  

Aurora Robson is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her work intercepting the waste stream. Her practice is about subjugating negativity and shifting trajectories. Her work formally references recurring nightmares that she had as a child. She was born in Toronto in 1972 and grew up in Maui, HI. After over 2 decades living and working in NYC she recently moved to the Hudson Valley. Robson holds a double major (B.A.) in visual arts and art history from Columbia University. 

  

Robson's work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, WIRED, Art & Antiques, the cover of Green Building + Design and other publications. She is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, a TED/Lincoln Re-Imagine Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Art Work Grant 

  

Robson is also the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work with plastic debris. In addition she has been working on the development of a college course called "Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream" designed to foster creative stewardship at academic institutions. Her goal with the course is to encourage shifting of paradigms in art and science education while helping restrict the flow of plastic debris to our oceans. For more information see her TEDx talk entitled Trash + Love or visit http://www.aurorarobson.com  

  

  

  

  

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