Artist Holly Boruck has a goal, and Louise Wannier with her Louis Jane Studio space are helping her implement it, in more ways than one.
The Butterfly Hurricanes Project exhibit was created by Holly with the hope of motivating people to become involved with contemporary global and local issues. Each one of her oil on canvas paintings can be described as an abstraction of a particular issue. Titles range from “Animal Welfare,” “The Wage Gap,” and “Pride & Bigotry” to “Gun Violence,” “Corruption & Greed,” and “Reproductive Rights.”
To accompany each of her paintings, Holly offers a breakdown of some facts:
Plastic creates toxic pollution at every stage of its existence: manufacture, use, and disposal. Plastic is a material that Earth can never digest. Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, including the small amount that has been incinerated and has become toxic particulate matter. In the environment, plastic breaks down into small particles that attract toxic chemicals. These particles are ingested by wildlife on land and in the ocean, contaminating the food chain. Harmful chemicals leached by plastic are present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every one of us, including newborns.
This is followed by a list of ways to become more informed and take action:
On opening night, which was on Pasadena ArtNight and attracted hundreds of people, students from the Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology High School in East Los Angeles and their teacher Katherine Ng arrived with art work that they had created from recycled objects. These were gifted to attendees. Subsequently, everyone was invited to help in the creation of a collaborative community sculpture made of recycled objects, which now hangs in a place of honor in the studio’s front window.
Louis Jane Studio was created by Louise as a place where women could congregate, share, discuss, plan and, most importantly, do. She also wanted to sell women’s apparel, for all shapes and sizes. Louise went to school for textile design and has had two shows exhibiting her abstract photography, which also inspires her textiles. Most of her clothing sales are online, but she has created a series of scarves that were inspired by Holly’s paintings—so buy a painting, support a cause; buy a scarf, and coordinate with your artwork!
The scarves are silk gauze and silk chiffon. Holly provided Louise with a digital image, who then picked a portion of the artwork and created a digital textile design.
Holly’s paintings pop along two white walls of the studio, drawing you to look closer, to inspect the detail, and to reflect on her choice of topic and subsequent artistic interpretation. Intriguing smaller collages are grouped near the stuido entrance. Prices range from $75 for the collages to $250-$275 for the paintings. The exhibit is open until Saturday, April 6th.
The Butterfly Hurricanes Project
Show on exhibit through Saturday, April 6th
The Louis Jane Studio
93 E. Union St. in Legge Alley, Old Town Pasadena
Come meet artist Holly Boruck: Tues., Thurs., & Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
General studio hours: Mon. & Fri. 2-5 p.m.