Butterflies for a long time have served as a quintessential form of beautiful simplicity; however this is a beauty many of us take for granted. We spend our time staring at our mobile devices or with our head to the ground avoiding personal contact in our concrete jungles. Artist Paul Villinski revels in the sweet beauty of these creatures and uses them as a basis for his installation work in New York City entitled: “Birds & Butterflies”.
Villinski takes everyday objects found throughout the city such as crushed beer cans, police barriers and clothing and recycles them into representations of these tiny creatures of flight interacting with things we readily take for granted in our larger cities.
More about Birds & Butterflies
Butterflies seem impossible. How can these ridiculously delicate creatures, apparently blown about by the merest breath of wind, actually fly many thousands of miles to migrate? How is it that an innate, intergenerational GPS guides them year after year to the same tree? Are we more like them than we suspect, or could we be?
More about Paul Villinski:
Paul Villinski was born in York, Maine in 1960, and has lived and worked in New York City since 1982. An educational â€œscenic routeâ€ included stops at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Massachusetts College of Art, and a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1984. He lives with his partner, the painter Amy Park, and their son, Lark, in their studio in Long Island City, NY.
Please find more of his work on his website here.