ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens
Reflecting the heroic spirit of Teddy Roosevelt’s provocative “Man in the Arena” speech, ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens creates captivating spaces that celebrate the work of over one hundred emerging to internationally renowned artists who fearlessly express authenticity and integrity their work.
“It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens’ uniquely beautiful art and design venues feature contemporary art and sculpture, as well as finely-edited collections of furnishings, objects and curiosities dating from the 18th century to the present.
“Here we are again in spring. We have our sunlight bouncing again on the flower petals and young leaves. At every corner, we can hear the message of joy, of encouragement, of overcoming and surviving.”– Mirang Wonne
ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens invites you to celebrate a collection of works by Mirang Wonne in Ethereal. For the last three decades, Mirang's work has embodied natural forms in unexpected mediums. Wonne's paintings use industrial materials that paradoxically amplify the organic intensity of the forms she creates, focusing on their physical and optical peculiarities. Her work is deeply inspired by the resilience of nature, and her admiration for nature echoes through the colors that intertwine on her canvases, mirroring the flora of our outside world.p>
Wonne uses a torch to create intricate patterns on the multiple layers of mesh stainless steel. She draws with the flame, as if she is creating calligraphy with sumi ink. In her own words, “The bright tip of the torch seems to be alive. The fire pulls me into its own universe. I am not sure whether I am holding the torch or whether the tip of the flame is holding me.” Wonne’s practice portrays the eternal processes of our seasonal environment, resiliently exemplifying persistence through periods of difficulty to rise up and bloom again.
Join ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens and Mirang Wonne as we celebrate her new showcase, Ethereal.
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