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Luisa Rabbia: Waterfall
JUNE 2014-JANUARY 2015 | NEW WING FAÇADE
Luisa Rabbia's Waterfall on the front of the Gardner Museum is a mass of cascading color, curving and branching in ways that suggest the essential forms of rivers, trees, and the human circulatory system. For Rabbia, landscape functions as a metaphor for the human condition: roots connect and nourish plants in the same way that veins and arteries nourish a human body. Waterfall’s richly colored forms seem to extend beyond the confines of the façade, connecting earth to the sky and human beings to their surroundings.
"In Waterfall, I have tried to capture the passing of time as it relates to how human beings age and how vegetation grows," said Rabbia. "When I draw one line it determines the shape of the lines that follow. So there is a direct connection between the shape of the first line and the ones that come afterwards, which is exactly how time develops. Roots connect, nourish, envelope and sometimes even suffocate. In this way they carry memories and time through space, people and locations—and this is what I try to capture in my drawings."
Rabbia is the fourth artist to create a temporary site-specific work for the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade, which presents new work by Gardner Museum Artists-in-Residence every six months.
The Artist-in-Residence Program is directed by the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Barbara Lee Program Fund. This residency was supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade is an exhibition space for temporary site-specific installations. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Luisa Rabbia (Italian, born 1970) is a visual storyteller who draws us into a dream world with surreal narratives on the human condition. Her works are deeply rooted in drawing, which she sees as a way to merge rational and imaginative thought. Luisa lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Turin, Italy. In 2007, she came to the Gardner Museum as an Artist-in-Residence, and returned in 2008 to exhibit her digital video piece Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella, Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008.
Be sure to explore Travels with Isabella online.
Stir: Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella
November 6, 2014, 7 pm
Don’t miss a special screening of Luisa Rabbia’s digital video Travels with Isabella, including a live performance of its sound track by composer Fa Ventilato.