“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:

Mastrangelo’s “Con Ed” and “Orlando” in Touchable Sculpture Exhibit at the Polasek Museum Now through April 17, 2015.

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

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“Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture” Tuesday, December 7, 2015 – Sunday, April 17, 2016 at The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park Florida.

DO TOUCH the ART. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens presents its new exhibition, “Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture,” running December 8, 2015 – April 17, 2016.

The museum encourages visitors to touch the art and experience the exhibit through its innovative sensory station—complete with blindfolds, a tactical way-finding system, and braille labels. Designed with the assistance of the VSA of Florida: The State Organization on Arts and Disability, the exhibit makes art universally accessible.

“Sight Unseen” presents 40 of the most innovative and exciting modern sculptors in an exhibit that demands a heightened sensory awareness. With an exhibit this immersive, visitors will forget what they know about museums and come to their senses.

Check out some of  the fascinating sculptures on FaceBook:

https://www.facebook.com/PolasekMuseum

City of Orlando

Here is a detail of my wall entry “City of Orlando:”

“Con Edison Concert” is an interactive sculpture which I created just for this exhibition. Here it is in the Museum setting:

Con Edison Concert

Con Edison Concert

A paper casting of a partial Con Edison Manhole Cover had been in my studios for several decades just waiting for its entry into the Art World. It would be called: “Con Edison Concert,” based on city street noises. The Polasek Museum’s call for Touchable Sculpture motivated me to develop the work. "Con Edison Concert" (top)

 “Con Edison Concert” (top)

As a former Elementary School Teacher and later a Title One Tutor, I knew the appeal of  hands on experiences to “Kids of all Ages.” The New York Metropolitan Area abounds in Con Ed Covers, an immediate symbol of omnipresent electricity. The focus of “Con Edison Concert” became the Appreciation of Electricity through the fun experience of touching the buttons, hearing, and feeling the various components incorporated along the sides. These include: a musical doorbell, an LED light, switches, an outlet and three play back recordings of electricity trivia.  It was a real challenge to reinforce the elements set into a foam base,  so they could not be pushed through the back.

"Who is Known for Lighting Up Our World?"

“Who is Known for Lighting Up Our World?”

Side One has an LED light to press on and off.  Push the button on the right for my question… “Who is known for lighting up our world?”

Side Two pictured in the museum setting above, has a silent switch to press.  Nothing happens, but the switch is a reminder of the luxury of turning on electric power. Press the button on the right for a Terry Roderick’s quote related to Con Edison’s 95,000 miles of underground cables.

On the side with the noisy switch and outlet: Press the button to hear four seconds of a furious hurricane.  Al Mastrangelo says: “Hurricanes Cause Power Outages!”

One has to have the patience of a saint to be married to a “Manhole Artist!” So while I worked on this project, I called my husband: “Saint Alfred.” He helped me select and order the various side components. Al’s brilliant suggestion was to incorporate my antique stone texture instead of a stucco finish.

Blog Viewers, if you are able to attend this fascinating exhibition, I hope you have as much fun experiencing “Con Edison Concert” as I did in creating it. Please share your comments on this blog.

“Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture”

Tues., Dec. 7, 2015 – Sunday: April 17, 2016  

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens:

633 Osceola Avenue,

Winter Park FL 32789

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Admission fees  adults (18-59) $5

Seniors (60+) $4

Students (age 12 through college) $3;

 Members and children age 12 and under free.

For more information: call 407-647-6294

Visit the website at www.polasek.org.

 

 


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