Ready for Takeoff, Cap'n

The new Visual Arts Pavilion in Hollywood starts out, at least, unshackled by rules

I came away convinced that Good has seriously underestimated herself as an abstract painter. She told me she approached this series — which is part of a larger body of work she calls "a work in progress" — with an attitude of "there are no rules," and that approach has liberated her in startling, exhilarating ways. I hope she continues in this mode.

Michelle Weinberg is the other fine-arts practitioner represented in "The Inaugural Exhibition." She's a veteran of public art whose Unswept Floor is planned as a permanent installation on the steps of that little amphitheater adjacent to the pavilion's studio area. For now, though, it too is a work in progress, seen here in fragments that hint at what it may ultimately become.

Inspired by the detritus left on an unswept floor in the emperor Hadrian's villa in ancient Rome, Weinberg wants to create a mosaic in which ceramic re-creations of debris are embedded among marble tiles. A dozen or so gouache drawings of some of the items are displayed on a wall in one of the pavilion studios, and the artist has assembled a sample section that shows things like representations of a pocket calculator, a quarter, a pencil, a matchbook, a leaf, and various food wrappers and containers, all couched in the marble as if they were dropped there by careless visitors. It's less gimmicky than it may sound, probably because Weinberg, like Good, seems guided by a sense of play.

Hollywood's new art space appears poised to soar into the sky.
Hollywood's new art space appears poised to soar into the sky.
A section of Michelle Weinberg's Unswept Floor.
A section of Michelle Weinberg's Unswept Floor.


"The Inaugural Exhibition" On display through January 31 at the Visual Arts Pavilion at ArtsPark, One Young Circle, Hollywood; 954-921-3520.

The no-holds-barred attitude of the artists toward the pavilion seems to be shared by the facility's primary supporter, the Greater Hollywood Arts Foundation. GHAF president Steven E. Shulman actually uses Good's exact words, "there are no rules," in discussing the project's potential. He envisions a versatile pavilion, wide open to the wants and needs of the artistic community that uses it. I hope this openness and sense of commitment are genuine and not just another example of government paying lip service, because Broward is in desperate need of such arts facilities.

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