Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Thought behind the thought
There is something very fascinating about butterflies. The delicate beauty and the lively, colourful movement are just a part of the story. The most important thing is probably the fact that butterflies didn't start out being as beautiful as they are. All of them were voracious caterpillars and ugly cocoons before they finally emerged as beautiful creatures!
And probably patience is the key to this transformation. Things will happen at their own pace. And if you have it in you, nothing can stop you from emerging out of your cocoon. One only needs to have self belief and loads of patience!

About the Art

Installations with butterflies by Paul Villinski

Paul Villinski has created studio and large-scale artworks for more than three decades.His work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally. Villinski’s work is widely collected, including major public works created by commission.

His studio is currently completing “SkyCycles,” three full-scale “flying bicycles” to be installed at “Ocean Breeze,” a new Parks and Recreation Track and Field facility, through the New York City Percent for Art Program. The City of New Haven Percent for Art Program commissioned “Dreamdesk,” a flying school desk with 18’ wingspan which was installed at the entrance to the East Rock Magnet School in 2014.
A pilot of sailplanes, paragliders and single-engine airplanes, metaphors of flight and soaring often appear in his work. With a lifelong concern for environmental issues, his work frequently re-purposes discarded materials, effecting surprising and poetic transformations.
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"I am drawn to humble, yet evocative materials; in this case, crushed beer cans from the streets of New York - every one of them once raised to someone’s lips. My process of “recycling” them into images of butterflies is a quiet physical meditation, a yoga of tin snips and files and fingers. As the butterflies alight on the walls of my studio, they lead into an exploration of formal, painterly issues. Often, they want to gather into a certain shape, or fly off on a particular tangent, and I let them. They function both as marks in these abstract, three-dimensional “paintings,” and as actors in curious narratives. Some pieces develop a quirky, magic-realist quality, as if a strange child has trained the insects to perform some ritual dance we are not usually privy to. Finally, the butterflies operate symbolically, and I try to develop a conceptual unity between materials, process, and imagery: metamorphosing littered beer cans into flocks of butterflies mirrors the act of transformation and rebirth that butterflies symbolize across all cultures.

Butterflies seem impossible. How can these ridiculously delicate creatures, apparently blown about by the merest breath of wind, actually fly many thousands of miles to migrate? How is it that an innate, intergenerational GPS guides them year after year to the same tree? Are we more like them than we suspect, or could we be?"
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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful tribute to the beautiful flying flowers guys!!

    Spare a thought for the closed minded moths.
    (Damn, who's turning me into a cynic?!!)