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Portia Munson

Nature Pops!
Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5

Reflecting Pool, 2013, Found blue plastic objects, including outdoor swimming pool, 15’ diameter. Courtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY.

Portia Munson’s site-specific work Stream, which flows through sections of Glyndor Gallery’s south and middle galleries, contains thousands of found plastic objects in various shades of blue. Each individual plastic item is an infinitesimal fraction of the millions of discarded multiples that have rapidly accumulated and polluted our planet. In an ironic nod to supersaturated commercial depictions of pristine bodies of water, the color blue in Stream represents a clean and clear environment, ideal for sightseeing and vacation escapes. Yet in an unavoidable reality, each object is a piece of trash that has been removed by the artist from roadsides, ocean shorelines, landfills and actual streams. This installation is a reminder of how rapidly synthetic materials are produced, consumed and discarded, spending the rest of their existence as waste and leaving nature to the ceaseless task of decomposition in landfills and ocean gyres.

Munson works in a range of media, including installation, painting, photography and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; The Kunsthallen Brandts, Klaedefabrik, Denmark; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Hemphill Gallery, Washington, DC; and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY. Munson has participated in various residencies, including Yaddo, MacDowell, Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown, and Art Omi. Munson holds an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from Cooper Union; she also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; 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 Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.