Monday, November 05, 2012

Adela Andea at Art League Houston

Primordial Garden - Art League Houston, Outdoor Sculpture Garden

A repost of back in September/October.

A garden of lights and colorful shapes has grown up at the Art League Houston space. In H. G. Wells'book "War of the Worlds," the alien invaders try to reverse-terraforming the earth to make it more hospital for their life.

Romanian born, with a Texas size personality, Adela Andea is no alien from another planet, but she has propagated an imaginative outdoor installation that could easily come from another world. Best seen at night, the cold cathode fluorescent light and flex neon give glow to the plastic objects.

The show is masterfully titled, “Primordial Garden.” Adela Andea’s installation looks as if she has cultivated mistletoe and lichen like objects and then electrified them with lights. Andea’s art objects act as an invasive species from the star system, Andea. You can imagine these works feeding off the local flora, but in reality their food is just from the electric grid. Back in January, she used the University of North Texas; Cora Stafford Gallery as a nursery of ideas for this current show. The installation was up for only four days, but made for a memorable MFA exhibition. The lights flowed across the ceilings, floors, and walls. The alien plant like material stretched on one wall. Although this material was bright with colors, the flex neon seems to push this part of the installation into the dark.

In past shows, Andea has pieces that stretched out with a balance of distributed lights, computer parts, and wires. Some art works would have a few large lights as thin focal points. But this show seems to return to some of her old form she created before grad school. I was lucky enough to see a slide show and lecture on her current and past work. She was making mutated shaped art objects influenced by the Chernobyl disaster. These new masses of plastic make me see continuity with r her older shapes, only these new objects are more optimistic, energetic, and lively. Instead of mutation, Andea has moved to giving us an “other worldly” feeling. Although, you can read into the work a dark future in which these fabricated art works or something genetically created in the future might replace our current natural world.

Besides the Art League Houston space, which ends February 7th, Adela Andea will feature a work at the Houston Art Fair this weekend, and at Lone Star College for their faculty show in the Kingwood Art Gallery which ends September 20th. for more images.

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