Currently on view:
Exhibition on View in the Armory Sculpture Garden
The Studios of Key West is proud to announce the opening of the newest installation work by sculptor Susan Rodgers, “Sun and Rain,” a two-part environment now on view in the Armory garden at 600 White Street. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception during the March 18 Walk on White evening. The work will installed through the rest of the season.
Rodgers, whose work is included in many private collections and who has had one woman exhibitions at New York’s Sculpture Center, Key West’s Lucky Street Gallery, and a handful of other Northeast galleries, spent a great deal of time planning this latest work.
“It took me quite awhile to come up with the right concept for the site,” says Rodgers, who conducted many ‘thinking visits’ to the Armory and environs in late 2009. “I got to see what an active and vital place it has become…artists at work, vistiing exhibitions, children learning about art, lectures, concerts. It was inspiring to me.”
Working closely with technician Daniel Siefort and logistics helper George Cooper, the artist planned a monumental new work involving steel support extended from the adjoining buildings, and hundreds of strands of colored rope woven from ground to sky. The result is a powerful new environment inside the sculpture garden, and a
new way to look at the Historic Armory itself.
“What Susan does is reckon with a place, a site, a feeling based in nature,” says Eric Holowacz, director of The Studios. “Then she carefully constructs an abstract effect with her materials, with a goal of creating a new form of representation.”
For The Studios of Key West, her Sun and Rain is both integrated into the environment while also offering entirely new visual experiences about the place. Her installation is open to the public during normal business hours and when there are after hour and weekend events. Sun and Rain will continue to grace the Armory garden through the end of May.
The TSKW Sculpture Sarden is generously supported by Sandra and Lee McMannis and Family.