Each year during Art Basel Miami we see amazing creative contemporary art that has been inspired by nature. Sculptures, conceptual performances, collages, multimedia as well as oils, pastels and mobiles have influences from Mother Nature.
Today it is all about the butterfly. Our butterflies are in serious danger in the USA due to the loss of wilderness areas are vanishing due to increased ethanol production. It is our Amazon and no one cares.
The first butterfly featured is by Natalia Arias called Glass Wings. A monumental work of shimmering glistening created with white and black paper, pink gel acetate, stainless steel ball and pins takes your breath away with its beauty. Natalia constructed the piece so that if there is any movement of air in the room, the art moves as well. The acetate flows, catches light reflected, creating an image of the butterfly floating on the wall, as if it is alive and will fly away at any moment. Natalia is represented by NOHRA HAIME Gallery, New York.
Jim Osman utilizes recycled wood and other materials to create sculptures. At Red Dot Art Fair during the Art Basel Miami Week he had a work consisting of fluttering metal butterflies created out of recycled metal cans and other metal items. They were hanging from a ladder, a door and a chair. The irony of this work is that it represents the frailty of the butterfly population today. Just as the sculpture looks like a house of cards, ready to fall down at any moment, the butterfly population is barely hanging on to life as its habitats are being destroyed. Jim’s works are represented by Lesley Heller Workspace in New York, as seen at the Red Dot Art Fair during Basel Art Miami.
Nathalia Edenmont utilizes real butterflies, collected from all over the world, to create a collage of stupendous size, and then photographs the image. Her series of work in this milieu is very powerful and each creation evokes different emotions. Nathalia also photographs models with flower arrangements creating striking, vivid images. Bjorn Wettering of Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm Sweden represents Nathalia. Her work was shown locally at Art Miami, during Art Basel Miami. More artists, galleries and information about Art Basel Miami in future articles.
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