Local ceramics artist Linda Huey plants seeds of environmental concern in the form of a traditional garden landscape in her large-scale installation, "Linda Huey: Dark Garden," which makes its Boston debut at the Society of Arts + Crafts' (SA+C) Seaport gallery May 9 to July 21, 2019. The exhibition opens with a free-to-the-public artist reception on Thu., May 9 from 6-9 pm.
Huey's "Dark Garden" is a roomful of seemingly alien, large-scale plant forms fabricated from clay and rusted rebar, and arranged in a garden motif around a suspended, earth-like orb. What at first appears serene and harmonious reveals, upon closer examination, a commentary on what Huey calls “the filth accumulating from environmental indifference and the inclination to focus on what is beautiful.”
As rustically handsome as it is foreboding, “Dark Garden” rewards viewers with pleasant finds like sprites and trolls, and surprises with hand-rendered detritus hidden among its ceramic petals and leaves. Flowers struggle to hold up nuts and bolts; chemical formulas are etched onto leaves and stamen. Huey’s work challenges the expectations of the ceramics medium and underscores urgent conversations about the environment and the future of the planet
Free and open to the public, the Society of Arts + Crafts is located at 100 Pier Four Blvd., 2nd floor, at the corner of Seaport Blvd. Hours and more information are available at societyofcrafts.org.