Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Plastics Under Cover,” “Grate Works of Art” on exhibit at Orlando History Center Jan. 4 – April 23, 2017

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

“Plastics Under Cover” “Grate Works of Art” my current exhibit has “Un Covered” new and exciting challenges. In a regular museum or gallery, labels only present a few details like the title and size of an art work.

But a History Museum, like Orlando’s Orange County Regional History Center, wants to “Un Cover” all the details. so many of the pieces are accompanied by text and photos showing the creation process.

City of Orlando and the Square Route of Water

“City of Orlando”  its creation details and “The Square Route of Water”

So many transactions, e-mails and phone calls were involved in providing details about the art, that I was able to meet and appreciate the talented staff at OCRHC: Pam Schwartz, Curator of Exhibitions, Emilie Arnold, her Assistant and Whitney Broadaway, Collections Registrar.

"Water Works" Being Installed by Whitney Broadaway

“Water Works” Being Installed by Whitney Broadaway

Here is a communication from Emilie Arnold in March of 2016: “Right now, we’re tentatively planning an environmentally-focused local art exhibit to coincide with “Plastics Unwrapped.” This is a traveling exhibit out of the Burke Museum in Seattle that discusses the history and application of plastic materials and also their impacts on the environment.

“Plastics Unwrapped” runs from February 4 – April 23, 2017, so it’s still a year away, but we believe your work may fit in, and we really love that you have at least a few possible Orlando-focused works in hand.

We enjoyed watching “City of Orlando” highlighted in the UCF Artisode. Could you tell me more about “FDOT, Do Not Pollute” and “The City Beautiful”—even send photos if you have them?”

 

"Don't Go Soft on Terrorism," "FDOT", "Con Edison" (on the pedestal)

“Don’t Go Soft on Terrorism,” “FDOT,” “Con Edison” (on the pedestal)

"Grate Logo" by Cindy Merithew

“Grate Logo” by Cindy Merithew above Bobbi Mastrangelo’s bio

I enjoyed seeing my art at the History Center and experiencing the featured Visiting Exhibition: “Plastics Unwrapped” from Seattle’s Burke Museum at the opening on February 4, 2017.  If you get to see the exhibits, please share your comments.

Orange County Regional History Center Orlando FL

Orange County Regional History Center

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s”Plastics Under Cover” “Grate works of Art” January – April 23, 2017

“Plastics Unwrapped” Visiting Exhibition February 4, – April 23, 2017

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd.

 Orlando FL 32801

Phone: 407-836-8500

www.thehistorycenter.org

“Unseen Art” WUCF-TV Artisode: Interviews with Sculptors of Touchable Art at the Polasek Museum

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Bobbi Mastrangelo and several colleagues appear in the WUCF-TV Artisode filmed at Winter Park’s Polasek Sculpture Museum.  The PBS special was aired Thursday, Feb. 18th 2016.

Bobbi Mastrangelo

 Bobbi Mastrangelo with “Con Edison Concert”

“Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture” curated by Rachel Frisby is such a unique exhibition that it caught the attention of Buddy Pittman, Video Content Producer at WUCF- TV.

On Monday, January 25th Buddy and Mark Greenwald, The Video Producer interviewed the Curator, Rachel Frisby, Amy Wieck, Bobbi Mastrangelo, Byron Walker, Susan Menand and Kameron Lannan about how their art fit the touchable concept. They also filmed Amanda, Kameron’s Mother, to give a blind person’s experience with the art at The Albin Polasek Sculpture Museum in Winter Park, Florida.  The Artworks are shown below.  When you watch the WUCF-TV Video, you will feel as though you already know the sculptors.

368 fingers and 5-1/2 feet by Amy Wieck

368 fingers and 5-1/2 feet by Amy Wieck

Amy Wieck : “368 fingers and 5-1/2 feet” was created for Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture as a tactile experience that any attendee could enjoy on different levels. Visually the fingers become a pattern. To the touch, they become a texture. As the attendees run their hands across the piece, the flexibility of the silicone and the fact that they are fingers creates the sensation of being touched back. Hence, this becomes the sculpture that touches you back. The shape of the fingertips are reminiscent of the braille system and although no word was intended with the position of the fingers it is up to the “viewer” as to whether the pattern creates a word or two in braille. After all the meaning of art is ultimately up to the viewer visually impaired or not.”

"368 Fingers" (close-up)

“368 Fingers” (close-up)

Amy Wieck: “8 sculptors (spouse’s of sculptors too) gathered to make this pieces. It was a bonding experience and lots of fun. The lifecasting portion took 2 to 3 hours one afternoon and the group looked as if they were in a football huddle while the material took up to 15 minutes to set up in each of the 3 sections. Days later, after the silicone was cast into the life casting material, the sculptors were trying to identify their fingers and could not resist touching the piece.”

Byron Walker cozy in his "Hosey Chair"

Byron Walker cozy in his “Hosey Chair”

Byron Walker’s Hosey Chair was very popular.  So many museum visitors felt the texture, sat in the chair and had photos taken.  And yes you guessed its composition: entwined garden hoses…actually about 1255 feet of garden hoses.

"Green Sea Turtle" by Susan Menand

“Green Sea Turtle” by Susan Menand

Susan Menand’s “Green Sea Turtle” is composed of recycled materials: fused plastics, bags, water bottles, wrappers, over recycled chicken wire and buckets for the pedestal.  Susan was inspired by the plight of sea turtles here in Florida that mistake ocean borne plastic bags for jelly fish (their primary food source), ingest them and die. Susan felt that we could draw attention to this alarming problem that is often times “unseen.”  Museum Visitors touch the bubble wrap on the Turtle Shell and contemplate how we can protect our endangered Sea Turtles.

Moma by Kameron Lannan

Moma by Kameron Lannan

Kameron Lannan’s mosaic sculpture is based on one of her drawings.  For “Unseen Art,” she created her giraffe in a tactile format so her blind mother, Amanda, would be able to experience this art for herself. In the WUCF Video, Kameron, who is also a musician, explains how her “Moma” giraffe appealed to her Mother through touch. In turn, Amanda shared her positive response to touching and experiencing the sculptures.

“WUCF Artisodes” are a weekly arts and culture feature.  Each episode airs on Thursday at 8:00 PM.  A local artist or initiative is featured as well at stories from across the nation. “Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture” at the Polasek Museum aired on Thursday, February 18th at 8:00 PM and can now be viewed on You Tube.

“Touchable Sculpture” Exhibit at the Polasek continues through April 17, 2016.  Background information on The Polasek Exhibit:

http://bobbimastrangelo.com/MyNews/mastrangelos-con-ed-and-orlando-with-touchable-sculpture-at-the-polasek-museum-now-through-april-17-2015/

Your comments about the Artisode or Museum Visit are welcome:

Here is the Artisode by WUCF-TV:


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