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December 28, 2012

Artist to create installation for series

The Indianapolis Museum of Art recently announced that Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch will create a new installation as part of the IMA's Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series.

Finch's new installation, "Following Nature," will be composed of an array of nearly 200 panels of glass suspended from the pavilion's ceiling, as a reinterpretation of Claude Monet's iconic water garden in Giverny, France. "Following Nature" will be on display from Feb. 1 to Aug. 25.

Inspired by a recent visit to Giverny, Finch has looked to the representation of water as a shaping influence for "Following Nature," in particular Monet's use of the water garden as a kind of laboratory for optical effects. Monet has served as an inspiration for Finch for more than 20 years, and the IMA's installation will be his second exploration of the garden in Giverny, following the 2012 exhibition of his work "Painting Air" at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design.

Unlike Monet's representations of the garden through the two-dimensional medium of paint on canvas, Finch's all-encompassing installation radically reinterprets this well-known site. The work will comprise numerous glass panels of varying reflectivity, surrounded by a multi-hued field of translucent vinyl applied to the pavilion's existing windows. Finch sourced the colors for the window vinyl from his photographs of the gardens, color samples taken on site, and pigment colors used by Monet.

The installation's title is drawn from a letter written by Monet to his friend Gustave Geffroy in 1889, in which Monet states, "In light of changes (in the weather) I am following nature without being able to grasp her, and then there is the river that shrinks, swells again, green one day, then yellow, sometimes almost dry, and which tomorrow will be a torrent, after the terrible rain that is falling at the moment."

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