For a new exhibition opening Feb. 27 in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery, artist Janelle Iglesias will construct an immersive bird’s nest in the venue’s two-story Lightwell Gallery that mimics the habitat of a peculiar Indonesian bird species.
During a trip to Indonesia’s Arfak mountains, the New York City-based Iglesias came across the Vogelkop bowerbird, an avian species whose male members construct elaborate nests and decorate them with colorful objects to entice female partners. Iglesias will begin to create her own similar structure at 11 a.m. today and continue on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 22. The public is invited to watch the process as it unfolds.
The eventual exhibition, “In High Feather,” will feature “images and field recordings from her travels as well as materials sourced locally – such as discarded Christmas trees and cereal boxes.”
The show, which will run through May 10, is part of the UB Art Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence Lightwell Project. Call 645-6913 or visit www.ubartgalleries.org.
– Colin Dabkowski