to the Garden Exhibit
Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm
June 6 - July 20, 2008
382 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Written and Photographed
by Mindy Hyman
Gary Hadad . Untitled (girl
with wings) . cibachrome print . 20" x 24"
Photo Courtesy of Metaphor
Art, on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn,
consistently exhibits beautiful art that has a soothing
effect on the viewer. The colors tend to be neutral,
yet vibrant and often tell a peaceful story. Metaphor’s
current ongoing exhibit, Back To The Garden,
makes nature the theme by turning the gallery into
an indoor paradise.
Various mediums including
sculpture, painting and installation are portrayed
in this exhibit. Soft-to-the-touch art includes
a life-size tree that weaves itself throughout the
gallery. The “tree” is made out of synthetic
material that has a green-grass, carpet-like feel.
The observer must step over the roots of the tree
and duck under its branches in order to walk by.
Another realistic piece of nature is a watering
can with synthetic flowers flowing out of it.
Mary Ting . "White
Snakes" . iris print . 18" x 24"
Photo Courtesy of Metaphor Cohtemporary Art
The paintings in
the show all contain a piece of nature. A texturized
painting of a bird balancing on two teacups has
a playful feel to it with luxurious, candy-like
colors. Other paintings include branches and leaves
intertwined in an abstract style that leave the
viewer wondering if he or she is searching for the
Garden of Eden on canvas. The writer of this article
enjoyed Back to the Garden’s plexiglass artworks
most of all. Plexiglass creates a translucent way
of seeing the art. The paint on plexiglass produces
shadows and smooth textures that make for a new
connection between art and audience.
Every New Yorker
should experience this gallery of Eden!