In ViVO Contemporary’s show “The Rich World of Perception,” which opens on September 6, the gallery’s artists explore art’s meaning as an activity of perceivers making sense of work where perception and meaning are intimately connected.
For book artist Joy Campbell, a lifelong resident of New Mexico who loves taking an old, discarded book and resurrecting it into a sculpture, book pages are perceived one way when included in a book and another when reimagined as an intricate and delicate work of art.
Campbell created “Kusudama Flowers” out of sheet music purchased at the Salvation Army thrift store for the show.
“Japanese Kusudama were originally created using bunches of flowers or herbs rolled into cloth balls and were used like incense or potpourri to dispel evil spirits and disease,” she explains. “The word ‘Kusudama’ is a combination of the two words kusuri (medicine) and tama (ball). Ornamental origami Kusudama flowers are now typically created with paper and are used as decorations or as gifts.”
Campbell found sheets of worn and torn piano music that was popular in the 1940s and 1950s (songs including “Blue Velvet,” “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” and “Rags to Riches”) and transformed them into origami flowers. The entire sculptural piece contains 67 flowers ranging in size from five inches in diameter to the size of a quarter.
Also in the show are realistic and abstracted 2D and 3D pieces by artists including Rachel Darnell, Gary Oakley, William Sayler and Warren Keating.
ViVO Contemporary is a gallery that has chosen to show work by all of its artists every day, rather than putting on solo or small group exhibits, in specially-themed shows.