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Ariana Papademetropoulos: Unweave a Rainbow


Vito Schnabel / New York / Art

The phrase “unweave a rainbow” comes from the English poet John Keats, who accused Sir Isaac Newton of robbing rainbows of their poetry. Keats felt Newton’s theory of refraction altered an age-old symbol of hope by “reducing it to prismatic colors.” Reflecting on Keats’s reasoning, California artist Ariana Papademetropoulos has transformed the Schnabel gallery space into a total environment, creating a world poised between physics and fantasy. Plush orange carpeting is a colorful ground for cushions in rainbow shades, which can be matched and mismatched (i.e., woven and unwoven). On the walls, three hyperrealist paintings feature ominous bubbles—translucent representations of fleeting time. —E.C.

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