Bridge to Eden: The Green World as Artist (April 21 - June 19, 2012)
Celebrate Nature as the greatest artist, and view artistic collaboration between humans and the plant world at Bridge to Eden: The Green World as Artist,
an art exhibit running April 21 - June 19, 2012 at Life Force Arts
Center gallery, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is
Earth Day weekend, Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Closing Reception is Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 6 - 10 PM. Gallery
hours are Mondays and Thursdays 1:30 - 6:30 PM, and by appointment.
Admission to the exhibit and Opening and Closing receptions is free.
For centuries, the Green World of plants has been the model of beauty and aesthetic form that humans in cultures worldwide have imitated in countless drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs. In addition, there are arts such as landscaping and flower arranging that utilize plants themselves as the medium.
In Bridge to Eden,we honor the Green World as a conscious, artistic creator and colleague. Participating human artists have been asked to incorporate live plants into their artwork, in safe and respectful ways. The exhibit also features artwork made from natural plant material: wood carving, oil on canvas, sumi ink on rice paper. Many of the pieces remind us of the human interaction with the world of vegetation, including the gifts of food, medicine, clothing, furniture and housing that plants give us. We explore how a conscious and reciprocal relationship between humans and the green world can help us create a new Eden, an ideal place where life flourishes harmoniously.
Bridge to Eden: The Green World as Artist is the second of three art exhibits Life Force Arts Center (LFAC) is presenting that explore the theme of "animal-vegetable-mineral": humans' relationship with their fellow dwellers on Earth. In addition to the art exhibit, LFAC will present other events related to the Green World, including performances, lectures and workshops on aromatherapy, herbal healing and vegetarian cooking.