Saturday, June 22, 2013

Venice: Judi Harvest – Denatured: Honeybees + Murano exhibition

Venice: Judi Harvest – Denatured:  Honeybees + Murano exhibition. In the Scola dei Battioro e Tiraoro an eighteen-century building on the Grand Canal is one of the two locations for New York based artist Judi Harvest fourteenth solo exhibition in Venice, Denatured:  Honeybees + Murano, until October 31. The exhibition is dedicated to raising awareness of both the global environmental threat to honeybees and the local threat to artistic heritage 
that is represented by the closing of glass factories in Murano. The exhibition is curated by art historian Marcia E. Vetrocq and conceived in partnership with Bees Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting beekeeping skills for the alleviation of poverty around the world.

Judi Harvest – Denatured:  Honeybees + Murano exhibition. Judi harvest is photographed near Honey Vessels: Double Line (2013), a 6-meter-long, wall-mounted installation comprising ninety hand-made glass vessels created by the artist with the master glass blowers of Linea Arianna. Also on view is the video Breakfast with the Bees (2013) and a group of paintings, as well as, Murano glass sculptures inspired by the anatomy and behavior of the honeybee, the liquid state of honey (akin to that of molten glass), and the modular geometric structure characteristic of the hive.
Scola dei Battioro e Tiraoro: Judi Harvest – Denatured:  Honeybees + Murano exhibition. A view of the upper level of the exhibition with photographs of the second location of the exhibition in Murano. During March, Judi Harvest created a bee-friendly garden in the 250-square-meter field, designing an environment of thirty fruit trees and five hundred fragrant, flowering plants that are home to four fully functioning hives. The first honey from Murano will be harvested during the summer. The plantings and hives will remain in place to be cared for by local gardeners and beekeepers, who will regularly gather the honey.
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