by Michael R. Allen
I attended the opening reception for Christina Shmigel’s latest installtion, Chinese Garden for the Delights of Roaming Afar on Friday and was, as usual, mesmerized by her deep attention to the materiality and constitution of space. Do see Christina’s new installation.
Here’s the official press release:
Please join us for the opening reception of Christina Shmigel’s Chinese Garden for the Delights of Roaming Afar…
Shmigel’s work investigates specific environments and the meditative qualities of repetitive labor. The artist is currently living in Shanghai, China and her work on Chinese Garden for the Delights of Roaming Afar, an indoor exhibition of work for the Laumeier Sculpture Park galleries, is inspired by this experience. Uniting art with craft and poetry with labor, the artist will create a site-specific installation in the galleries of the museum. The exhibit will “unfold” for the viewer the way the Chinese gardens do.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is located at 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis. From I-44 East- or Westbound, take the Lindbergh Blvd. exit South. Follow one-quarter mile to Rott Road, turn right. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, you will see the entrance for Laumeier. For more information call 314.821.1209 ext 10 or visit www.laumeier.org.