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Marma Chester

Avifauna: Birds + Habitat
Glyndor Gallery |
April 7–June 24, 2018

Pictured above: Marna Chester, In (the built environment), 2018; Of (the natural environment), 2018; To (migration patterns), 2018; paper, wood, wire, glue, rope; dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Marna Chester has created an installation that ruminates on ideas about habitats and their inhabitants. Three large frames create a structured environment that contains hand-crafted bird sculptures of bald eagles. Each frame emphasizes a particular facet—the natural habitat, the built environment or the migratory patterns of birds. The staggered framing structures were built using natural materials found on the premises of Wave Hill, as well as paper and construction materials. Placed in the corner of the North Gallery, they create a frame for the view of Wave Hill’s landscape that becomes integral to the experience of Chester’s installation.

Chester participated in a residency with the New York City Audubon on Governors Island and exhibited her work there last summer. She has also exhibited at the Rye Arts Center and the Voelker Orth Museum. Her work has also been featured in Bergdorf Goodman’s window displays. Chester has a BFA from Alfred University, and an MPS from Pratt Institute.

Pictured above: Marna Chester, In (the built environment), 2018; paper, wood, wire, glue, rope; dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.


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An exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of Avifauna: Birds + Habitat is available here.

Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.