Last summer, Melissa McGill installed Constellation, a large-scale sculptural project above the Bannerman Castle ruin on an island in the Hudson River. The stars in this constellation--actually solar powered LEDs atop aluminum poles--refer to features of the missing portion of the castle and to the belief of the Lenape, the indigenous Native Americans, that stars link our world to the next. In September 2015, Princetown Architectural Press published McGill's book Constellation, a collaboration with artists and writers who were touched by this public art project.
Now, Melissa McGill and collaborator Sam Anderson bring Constellation to downtown Hudson with a new exhibition of works on paper titled Reverse Constellation Punctuation. The project around Bannerman Castle inspired Anderson to create typewritten notes, which in turn inspired McGill to create drawings on the reverse side. McGill used ink, graphite, and pastel on the pages and punched out Anderson's punctuation, creating new constellations when illuminated from the other side. The gallery will display these two-sided works so that viewers can see Anderson's writings and McGill's artistic intervention.The opening reception and book signing takes place on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition will be on view Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m., through October 3.
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