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in situ/sculpture - Apian Screen II 2010 - 6000 beeswax 4" tiles, 20ft high x 14ft x 20ft x14ft.

Apian Screen II by Penelope Stewart is the third architectural installation in the series of beeswax rooms which explores the beehive metaphor in utopian architecture.

Lesson / Koan : Architecture’s gender has always been female.

apian : adjective [ attrib. ]of or relating to bees.ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Latin apianus, from apis ‘bee.’

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Opening September 24, 2010 September 24- mid December, 2010
Apian Screen II, 2010

Apian Screen II includes over 6000 high relief beeswax tiles have been carefully placed on the walls, floor to ceiling at the Albright Knox Gallery, to create an imaginary landscape or cityscape. The source imagery for the tiles was inspired by research into the ideas of Le Corbusier, Olmstead, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others, who were fascinated by the social model of the beehive. The beehive began to represent a simple social democratic ideal, one that could be used as a blueprint in the creation of the model city, or utopian scheme.

Individually the tiles reflect a scale model, and when placed together a model city with circular roadways radiating outwards creating intricate routes and patterns. This large beeswax map envelopes the room and transforms it into a sensory space. The honey smell is in the air, and the colours and tones of the wax are all compelling and you just want to touch and follow the roadways with your fingers to imaginary places.

BTW,

Since time immemorial, bees have been associated with all manner of virtues. The beehive has served as the model for an ideal society, while honey and wax have provided the basis for countless positive metaphors of sweetness and productivity. The natural architecture created by bees in their hives can be said to approach perfection.

Inspired by his own father’s obsession with bee-keeping – which wiped out the family’s fortune

Juan Ramírez examines the complex ideological, political and artistic repercussions of apian metaphors, thereby enhancing our understanding of the relationship between ecology, animal husbandry and architecture.

 

2008, Bicton Gardens, England 23.5" x 2 8".

NOTE :

One may be able to make a connection between the metaphorical / utopian Beehive structures and another of Penelope Stewart’s drawing projects.

2008, Allen Gardens,Toronto, 23.5" x28".

Domes is  a series of drawings under the Genius Loci umbrella and consists of a suite of brush and ink architectural sketches of the domes of glasshouses.  Beginning with a photograph of the architecture it is then rendered and translated by hand into line onto a light tissue (mitsumata, a handmade Japanese paper). The nature of the line, the choice of paper, the ink, and the puckering all work to describe these canopy like structures and the utopian poetry implicit.  They suggest imaginary places and spaces floating without ground. The drawings appear like notes or an archive of possibilities.

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