5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. program
Polly Apfelbaum introduces her newest work while discussing major themes present throughout her career. Best known for expansive polychromatic installations, which coalesce the radical and the beautiful, Apfelbaum’s sensibility is informed by an encyclopedic knowledge of the applied arts, art history, and popular culture.
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Active since the mid-1980s, Apfelbaum uses found materials associated with craft traditions to create sculptural objects and sprawling, floor-based installations. She has referenced the aesthetics and principles of the Italian Arte Povera movement, French Supports/Surface movement, and First-Wave Feminist art – utilizing accumulation and dispersal as her preferred tools for installations.
With awareness of how her floor-based installations draw from classic traditions of fine art, Apfelbaum defines staining and dyeing as acts of painting; cutting, a way of drawing in space; and assembling the cut pieces a sculptural practice. Expanding in recent years to focus on the site specificity of her work, Apfelbaum creates immersive environments that continue her interest in the cultural aspects of color and multi-sensory experience, transforming entire spaces with correlated objects including painted walls, wallpaper, ceramic wall plaques, hand-woven rugs, and intimately scaled and suspended ceramic beads.