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Artists in the Hothouse at Wave Hill

Posted on: Friday, May 02, 2014

Lithopsia, 2013 (Polyurethane and Polystyrene foam, concrete, paint, fabric, fiberfill, 
model trees, rhinestones, notions, beads, chain, leather, cotton thread, acrylic rods, 
artificial plants and moss) | courtesy of artist, Lina Puerta + Wave Hill

Condensation2013 (metallic print) | courtesy of artist, Susan Benarcik + Wave Hill

Prickly, Tender and Steamy: Artists in the Hothouse at Wave Hill presents a diverse range of multi-media works created by artists who have closely examined and interpreted Wave Hill’s 'living collections' in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Featured artists include Manuel Acevedo, Gabriela Albergaria, Carrie Beckmann, Susan Benarcik, Matthew Burcaw, Asuka Hishiki, Nick Lamia, Lina Puerta, Naomi Reis, Anne-Katrin Spiess, Linda Stillman, James Walsh and Marion Wilson. All worked on-site during Winter Workspace Program residencies between 2010 – 2013.

Displaying a wide variety of mediums and methods, the exhibition aims to invigorate the (visual and tactile) connections between the realm of the gallery and the plant species in Wave Hill's Tropical, Palm and Cactus | Succulent houses.

Conophytum, Wave Hill 2014 (graphite on paper) | courtesy of artist, Nick Lamia + Wave Hill

"The succulents especially intrigue(d) me. They are such survivors! Thriving under harsh conditions, conserving moisture in incredible ways, some blending invisibly into their surroundings—I will risk over-anthropomorphizing and say that I am inspired by their incredible patience. Spending time with the cacti reminds me how important their characteristics—perseverance, toughness and adaptability—are to me. I hope my drawings will reflect those traits and inspire the people who see them. The epiphytes stood out as well. Their ability to survive on what seems like nothing at all is remarkable. The many small but hardy species in and around the Alpine House are impressive, too." – Nick Lamia

'Prickly, Tender and Steamy ..' is on view through May 18th at Wave Hill's Glyndor Gallery.


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