The Douglas & Linda Paul Gallery
Located on the second floor of the historic Englert Theatre.
Open from 12 PM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday, and during select performances.
The Space In Between: An Installation By Isabel BarbuzzaThe Space in Between
An installation by Isabel Barbuzza
On Display at The Englert Theatre's Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery: May 30 - June 25
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 5-8PM
Artist Statement: Isabel Barbuzza
"The Space in Between" challenges notions of beauty, value, and perceptions of idealized nature. This installation uses thousands of suspended artificial flowers to create a physical space reminiscent of gardens, natural landscapes, or traditional paintings. Thousands of re-appropriated artificial flowers which were disassembled, ironed, flattened, and placed between two sheets of kitchen wax paper comprise the exhibit. Barbuzza describes her creation as "a mystifying space where, for a short second, the beauty of the object contradicts our perception." The use of artificial flowers that float in the space adds another level of meaning to the installation. "Artificial flowers manufactured today are breathtakingly real and must be touched if they are to be distinguished from nature's own," Barbuzza said. "As an artist, I'm interested in paying attention to the disparity between materials, objects, and language, and how perception shapes emotion, thought, and ultimately language."
The sheer size of the exhibit creates a mystifying, ethereal effect that will transcend the Englertís Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery and move into the performance space itself.
Artist Biography: Isabel Barbuzza
Isabel Barbuzza was born in Mendoza, Argentina and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa. She studied art at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina (1978) and received a BA (1988) and an MFA (1990) in Art Studio from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Her work has been shown in galleries and exhibits around the world, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the arteBA Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, among many others. Barbuzza is currently an associate professor at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa, where she teaches and directs the sculpture department.
June 27th - July 30th
Reception: Friday, July 19th, 5-7PM
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