Correspondingly, Finch's "Following Nature" will embody the garden as an evolving, spatial, and optical experience rather than as a single moment in time. As light shifts across the work's glass panels and the pavilion's tinted windows, viewers will be immersed in a sensory environment of changing kaleidoscopic reflections. The installation's use of the pavilion's windows will also unite Finch's impression of the Giverny gardens with the IMA's own landscape and will obscure the division between inside and outside.
"Only Spencer Finch - one of contemporary art's foremost creative minds - could transport a viewer from Indianapolis in February to Monet's garden in Giverny at the peak of summer," said Sarah Urist Green, curator of contemporary art.
"Following Nature" is part of the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series launched in February 2007 and made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the Indianapolis-based Efroymson Family Fund. The works are installed on a rotating basis with a new commission from a different artist approximately every six months. Artists who have previously exhibited in the space include Alyson Shotz, William Lamson, Orly Genger, Julianne Swartz, and Tony Feher, among others.
A reception and artist talk in celebration of the opening of Finch's installation will be Jan. 31. The reception is 5 p.m. in The Toby lobby and the talk will begin at 6 p.m. in The Toby. The IMA is at 4000 Michigan Road. For more information, call 923-1331 or visit the website at www.imamuseum.org.