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A Closer Look

Next door to a show at Acme Gallery in Boston, Cool Day,  curated by and also featuring the work of extraordinary 85-year-old artist Pat de Groot is the Carroll & Sons Gallery, which is now featuring work by Pakistani-born artist, Amreen Butt.  Her large scale tactile murals imitate intricate scroll work found in marble mosques and tombs like the Taj Mahal and the Allahambra, but looking closer presents something other than delicate jewel-toned flowers and leaves.  Instead, Amreem Butt uses keys and padlocks to create designs suggesting imprisonment and freedom, privilege and want on a great scale.  Take a close look:

I AM ALL WHAT IS LEFT OF ME

Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

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Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

 

And this is a sample of Pat de Groot’s works which shimmer off the canvas in person:

 

Pat de Groot, Moonrise

Pat de Groot, Moonrise

Pat de Groot, Darkening Day

Pat de Groot, Darkening Day

Pat de Groot, April-Pink Moon, 2004

Pat de Groot, April-Pink Moon, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Show

Garden, spring 2015

Garden, spring 2015

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Dream interlude

Yesterday, i walked around Boston’s greenway, and came upon this wonderous sight.  A public art installation by Janet Echelman, made of polyester cord resembling fish netting.  It was shimmery at midday, and can only imagine what it might look like at dawn or sunset.  What a grand canopy to , say, perform Shakespeare under!

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman's art on the greenway, Boston 2015

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman’s art on the greenway, Boston 2015

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman's Public Art, boston2015

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman’s Public Art, boston2015

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Anticipation

 

Nasturium seedlings

nasturtium seedlings

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Beginning

    I wanted to include photographs from the first blooms in my garden.  My computer, the cloud, the gods are not permitting.  So I will describe my first discovery.

Imagine a three-pointed miniature iris, a dark purple, touched with bright gold drops like eyes:

Then the tiniest viola:

Finally, a pair of Johnny jump-ups:

The viola is also called Heart’s Ease, and no wonder.  In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it plays a more potent role.  Oberon sees Cupid’s arrow find a target but it is intercepted by the silvery beams of the chaste moon.  He tells Puck,

Yet mark’d I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love’s wound,
And maidens call it love-in-idleness.
Fetch me that flower; the herb I shew’d thee once:
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.

May we all see these western flowers in fleeting spring, heralding the way to midsummer.

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