The garden installation, “Beyond Organic,” is intended to ignite inquiry about modern use of natural resources and its impacts on ecology and health. Although the use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms are a common practice,
“Beyond Organic” suggests natural alternatives. It blends together art, horticulture, and sustainable technologies. Using a simple hydroponic technique, 200 hanging vessels are filled with water, nutrients, and bricks of rock-wool. The garden adapts and changes to the indoor environment as it grows with no soil or natural light. Whimsical pink grow-lights shine on beans sprouting from this volcanic rock (rock-wool) that is melted and spun into a cotton candy-like consistency. This inviting and festive night-club atmosphere draws interest and inquiry.
Vikki Michalios makes work about environmental systems, and is inspired by ecological events, contemporary media coverage of them, or legends related to them.
Sowing Promise: Vikki Michalios
November 16 – December 14
Opening Reception November 16 7-10pm
Gallery Aferro, Liminal Space 73 Market Street, Newark NJ 07102