Monday, November 24, 2008

Cornel Rubino's Mondo Botanico Opens @ Park School

Cornel Rubino's Mondo Botanico, a show of large-scale drawings on the wall and on paper, opened at Park School last week. Rubino presents images of people interacting with animals, whimsical symbols like the cat's cradle, and plant life. Described as an installation for a "less than green world," one is asked to examine and consider these larger-than-life images in this context. Many drawn straight on to the wall, the images take on a semblance of cave paintings, making these natural and whimsical images seem antiquated and foreign.
Zoe Charlton and Allyn Massey, looking tough.

Curator Rick Delaney with Robert Tillman

The show also incorporated the entire student body, whose drawings in response to Rubino's exhibition fill the school's hallways. Organized by age group, or specific drawing classes, the walls show students wrestling with different ideas about drawing, and the (/their) environment.

Seth and Sara eating food. Park School openings are notorious for their amazingly tasty receptions!

Mondo Botanico, and its student responses will be on view at the Park School through January 15, 2009. For more information on exhibitions at Park School, visit their website.