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Over the course of Ming Fay's long and impressi ve career as an artist\, nature has always been the inspiration.  In recent years\, Fay's imagination has been captivated by the garden as a symbol of abundance and the place where mankind will achieve "the ultimate desirable state of being."  It represents a balanced relationship between the rawnes s of natural forces and mankind\, the cultivators  and tenders of nature.  His work addresses the notion prevalent in Western culture that nature is j ust the backdrop in front of which humans conduct their lives.  This cultur al disconnect is the reason that\, in Fay's words\, "...we are consumed wit h desires and longing for a lost utopia."

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Canutopi a\, a word combining "canopy" and "utopia\," is Fay's vision for a pos sible future in which mankind is harmoniously enfolded into the realm of na ture\, represented by a floating forest canopy\, lush and teeming with fanc iful\, magical forms of flora and fauna.  It is a feast for the eyes\, the mind\, and the spirit.  Bowers of oversized fruites and seeds\, draped and arrayed throughout the East Gallery\, are populated with colorful\, animate d forms and shapes\, existing easily alongside tiny cavorting humans\, hors es and other creatures.

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A complex piece\, both metapho rically and visually\, Canutopia is actually composed of simple ma terials.  For many components\, Fay made armatures of wire over which he ap plied papier maché\, fibers\, paint and polyurethane.  For others\, he used found objects\, such as interestingly shaped branches and cast off toys.  Recently Fay has added spray foam and colorful foam "noodles" to his arsena l of materials.

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Although his utopian canopy delights t he senses\, Fay is very serious about its intent as a transformative force.   The experience of Canutopia is an art intervention\, redirecting our conception of the world and showing us the way to a renewing and fulfi lling place.  He draws parallels between the work of the gardener and of th e artist\, each of whom respectfully studies\, cultivates and modifies natu re to draw our attention to its power and mystery\, it's beauty and abundan ce.

DTEND:20130210 DTSTAMP:20140828T165037 DTSTART:20120512 GEO:40.2482028;-74.6985891 LOCATION:Grounds For Sculpture\,18 Fairgrounds Road (mailing address) 126 S culptors Way (GPS location)\nHamilton\, New Jersey 08619 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Canutopia\, Ming Fay UID:223555 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR