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Penelope Stewart’s Buzz-Worthy Show at Koffler Gallery

Penelope Stewart's Vanitas covers an entire room in intricately carved beeswax

Penelope Stewart’s Vanitas covers an entire room in intricately carved beeswax

JUNE 26 TO AUGUST 31  The cyclical nature of life and art, from creation to degradation, finds intricate and unexpected expression in Vanitas, artist Penelope Stewart’s site-specific installation at the Koffler Gallery. Taking its name from the Latin word originally used to describe the transient nature of earthly goods—in art, it typically refers to still-life works—Stewart’s show sees her covering the gallery space in high-relief tiles, floral forms, vines and “household detritus,” all made from beeswax. Evocative of ancient ruins while also alluding to the modernist architecture of Le Corbusier, the immersive environment contemplates “the fragility of our utopian aspirations of transforming nature through culture.”  —Craig Moy

• Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., 647-925-0643; kofflerarts.org
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