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February Issue 2005

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Works by Janet Orselli

The Gibbes Museum of Art, located in historic Charleston, SC, announces the launch of its centennial anniversary year in 2005 with several special exhibitions, including, Encircling Spaces: An Installation by Janet Orselli. On view through May 8, 2005, Encirling Spaces features an original site-specific installation designed exclusively for the Rotunda Galleries of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Inspired by the signature architectual element of Frank Milburn's 1905 design artist Janet Orselli (American, b. 1954) of Columbia, SC, transforms the Rotunda Galleries into an original site-specific installation, that connects elements of the natural world with components of the unique 100-year old architecture of the Rotunda. By using discarded found objects and organic natural materials, Orselli creates an entirely new Museum experience for Gibbes visitors. Encircling Spaces encourages the public to become active participants in experiencing art that builds associations between man-made and natural architecture.

"In this installation I focus on the spectacular architectural features (of the Gibbes Rotunda Gallery): natural light from the windows, the balcony and the height of the ceiling, the dome as a circular structure and the airiness and sacred feeling of the space," states Orselli. (For example, Encircling Spaces builds visual connections between the round space of the Gibbes Tiffany-styled glass domed Rotunda Gallery and the architecture of birds' nests often featured in Orselli's work.) "The installation creates a sense of a space having once been occupied by people, yet presently being reclaimed by nature," concludes Orselli.

Orselli received her MFA from Clemson University in 2001. She was selected to create a two-room installation for the 2004 Triennial exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of I'On Group and The Kite Foundation. Media support for this exhibition is provided by skirt! magazine.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or at (www.gibbesmuesum.org).

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