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Oct 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Nov 24, 2006 12:00 AM

Monika Abbott: Mushrooms and Hearts

Exhibition at the Czech Cetner New York. Monika Abbott: Mushrooms and Hearts, October 24 – December 1, Opening Reception: October 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, Czech Center New York

Monika Abbott: Mushrooms and Hearts

October 24 – November 24

Opening Reception: October 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Czech Center New York


With the mushroom-hunting season in full flush, the show “Mushrooms and Hearts” by Monika Abbott is a timely and resonant exploration of a subject that is practically and obsession in her homeland.

Abbot has chosen this fascinating and peculiar organism that is neither animal, mineral nor vegetable. The oil paintings on transparent handmade paper and wood are organic, meditative and often mesmerizing, their palette beautiful and inviting in tones of pinks or greenish-grays.

Taken as a whole, the body of work is created with an intricacy of form that reflects the richness of the metaphors associated with the subject matter. Tangles of filaments contained within larger organic forms are like the mycelium hidden beneath the surface that sends up fruit bodies when conditions are just right. Then there’s the phenomenon of symbiosis that is an essential part of a mushroom’ s existence – they could not develop and survive except in association with the roots of their host plants.

Some mushrooms are “cosmopolitan” – that is, able to achieve symbiosis with different species of trees or shrubs – while others are strictly associated with one particular plat species. In this compelling body of work, Abbott invites us to consider issues of identity as well as community and the concept of home.


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From: Oct 24, 2006 12:00 AM
To: Nov 24, 2006 12:00 AM


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