NEW YORK—At the Morgan Lehman booth at the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, 230 butterflies have been arranged in a precise formation. Paul Villinski, an artist and pilot who often references flight in his work, carved each of the butterflies from found aluminum cans that he burned to create the installation’s dark patina. Viewed closely, a range of colors can be seen on many of the butterfly wings.
Born in Maine, Villinski has lived and worked in New York for three decades, currently in Long Island City. “Concord” will be on view during PULSE, from May 3 to May 6, 2012 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
Photos by Arts Observer
“Concord,” 2011 (found aluminum cans, wire, soot) by Paul Villinski at Morgan Lehman of New York.
The work comes with a template so the configuration can be replicated when installed.
Composed of 230 butterflies, the work is 77 inches in diameter.