The magic of art lies in its capacity to convey a myriad of stories, ideas, and emotions. At The Arts Warehouse, the essence of these tales is vividly brought to life through the “Containment & Boundlessness” exhibition. Two gifted artists, Giannina Dwin and Nina Surel, have crafted a visual narrative that intertwines the elements of women, nature, and the myriad parallels between them.
Arts Warehouse Program Director, Grace Gdaniec, shed light on the exhibition’s inception. She explained, “Artist Giannina Dwin proposed the duo exhibition about a year ago that would feature female artists whose work is focused on women, nature, and the parallels of both.” Grace’s visit to the artists’ studios at Collective62 in Miami crystallized the vision for the exhibit. “I met with both artists… and after a collaborative conversation, looking at examples of work, and reviewing the gallery space, it was a definite confirmation for this year’s exhibition!”
The journey from conceptualization to realization is a meticulous one, especially when it comes to the installation of the artwork. Speaking of the installation process, Grace commented, “There was a lot of preparation before the artwork was delivered from Miami.” From painting the gallery walls in striking black and red-range hues to carefully planning the placement of intricate artworks like “The Vessel and the Sea,” every detail was attentively addressed. “Watching Giannina create the waves from salt was so interesting. She created the installation by hand, using her fingers and other tools like brushes to create each ripple and wave detail.”
Another fascinating installation was Nina Surel’s ceramic wall piece “Le Bain.” Grace shared, “That piece was tedious to install because we had to ensure accuracy of the placement of the screws in the wall so that they would fit each ceramic piece correctly.” With a team’s collective effort and about five hours of meticulous work, the “Canyon Clay” red orange wall backdrop enhanced the ceramic pieces, making them truly stand out. “I love the ‘Canyon Clay’ red orange wall color that the artists chose as the accent for the exhibition. It really makes the ceramics pop!”
Beyond the aesthetics, Grace fondly spoke of her collaboration with both artists, “From initial planning to opening night both artists were professional and a pleasure to work with.” Their combined experiences, having exhibited all over the world, enriched the essence of the exhibition. “It’s an honor to exhibit their work and especially together.”
The depth of the art invites viewers to interpret in their unique ways. Grace mused, “An individual’s reaction (or lack of) to a piece of art is truly subjective.” She added, “But if one does wish to learn more about the artist’s themes in the exhibition, there is wall text and label information available. Also, the AW gallery staff love to discuss what’s on view, and that goes for any exhibition!”
The “Containment & Boundlessness” exhibition is a testament to the transformative power of art and The Arts Warehouse’s commitment to bringing forth such masterpieces. The exhibition will be on view until November 19th and we encourage everyone to see it in person. To learn more about the Delray Beach CRA funded Arts Warehouse, visit artswarehouse.org.