Friday, January 6, 2012

Yet another reason to visit the Old Fourth Ward

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Like a fresh wave of brightly colored kudzu, Caroline Lathan-Stiefel's "Ocean" is slowly creeping over the edge of a vacant department store on the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard.

According to ArtsCriticATL's Cathy Fox, the artist and former Atlantan

took her inspiration from “Solaris,” a 1961 science-fiction classic by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. She was particularly captivated by his description of a “sentient ocean” that covered the planet Solaris, which created “……endless series of synchronous, circular waves flow in from all around, like shrinking mouths, like living muscled closing craters.”

Lathan-Stiefel’s vocabulary — webs of pipe cleaners, cloth or plastic and pins — is the perfect vehicle for translating that image into physical form. The piece consists of myriads of interlinked circular pieces consisting of plastic shopping bags stretched over and sewn onto pipe cleaners.

The installation, which is sponsored by FLUX Projects, continues through June. More photos after the jump.

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