Dec 21, 2009 - LICM Hosts Exhibition by Kinetic Sculptor
“Light, Wind and the Art of Meryl Taradash” Opens January 29
The sculptor behind Museum Row’s first public art piece, Wind Dancing, will be showcasing a variety of her kinetic sculptures, as well as detail the process that goes into designing pieces that “move with the wind and change with the light.” Visitors who have delighted in viewing Meryl Taradash’s large-scale, wind-driven sculpture that graces the Children’s Museum’s entrance will now have the chance to see the art and science used to create her motion-driven pieces made from aluminum, polished steel and acrylic. The Taradash exhibition opens January 29 and runs through May 2, 2010.
“Light, Wind and the Art of Meryl Taradash” will feature several examples of her suspended sculptures that have been placed throughout the Children’s Museum. Luminary, a large curved prism with a fan of bronze that bends the spectrum will hang overhead in the Museum’s sun-dappled atrium while AirPlanes, a relief “painting in air,” made from transparent “planes” of overlapping colored acrylic (blue-violet, tourquoise, ultramarine and sea foam green) will take up residence adjoining the Museum’s two-story climbing sculpture. This placement will enable children to view the suspended structure up close. Colored shadows will be reflected on visitors as the sunlight streams through the windows and passes through the overlapping acrylic forms.
The exhibit is organized to enable children to see and understand the process the artist undertakes to conceptualize a final piece. The motion and movement Taradash captures so eloquently in her sculpture is derived from studies of human movement, specifically dancers. Children will easily be able to see the influences at play in her work when they view the photographs of dancers’ arm and leg positions that surround her in her studio. Intricate engineering goes into each Taradash sculpture to create the delicate balance of lines and seeming weightlessness; visible to visitors viewing the complicated mathematical equations plotted out to achieve this “effortless” effect. Interactive activities will allow children to try their hand at achieving the perfect point of balance she must achieve in her sculptures.
The Children’s Museum’s focus on making art accessible to its young visitors includes a commitment to making artists accessible as well. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the inspiration behind her work and the process Taradash uses to create her kinetic sculptures on Saturday, February 6 at an Artist Reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m. In keeping with the family focus of the Museum, Taradash’s son, Jeff Koch, will join his mother at the Artist Reception and add his musical talents to the event. Koch, a bassist, has played in and around the New York City music scene for the last five years including performances at the Jazz Standard, Cornelia Street Café, 55 Bar, Smalls Jazz Club, and CBGB.
The following Saturday (Feb. 13), children will have the opportunity to create their own Taradash-styled mobiles when the sculptor leads a 3 p.m. workshop that ties thematically to the Museum’s newest exhibit, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as they create Tin Man-inspired mobiles.
Meryl Taradash’s work is on view in numerous public settings and private collections including Grounds For Sculpture, in Hamilton, NJ and locally the sculpture gardens at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She has received commissions from Aramark Corporation of Philadelphia, The Music Center at Strathmore in Maryland and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Camden, NJ. Her solo exhibitions include the Art Museum of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Newark Museum, the Elaine Benson Gallery on Long Island, and the Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus.
About the Long Island Children’s Museum
Artfully housed in a former airplane hangar, the award-winning Long Island Children’s Museum is a creative, innovative and inspiring destination for children and their grownups. 43,000-square -feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space and a state-of-the-art theater provide families with ample opportunities to play and learn…together. Attracting over 260,000 visitors annually, LICM is Long Island’s most well-attended museum.