TAG, Butler North host Petric installations

The work of artist Eva Petric will be featured in events this weekend at both Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren and the Butler North Education Center in Youngstown.

Petric previously exhibited at Butler North, which is where Marianne Nissen of Warren first saw her work.

“She collects lace pieces that are given to her by older people or that she finds a flea markets around the world,” Nissen said. “Her work is very much into light and shadows.”

When she learned Petric was returning to Butler North, Nissen sent her photos of the TAG front window display case and asked if she would be interested in creating an installation for it. By the next morning, Petric had responded with a mock up of what she could do in the space.

“I immediately sent it to others and showed it to the board,” Nissen said.

The installation, titled “An Aquarium of Emotion,” will be unveiled at a reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at TAG, 158 N. Park Ave. Admission is free.

The piece incorporates Petric’s use of antique lace and doilies. In her artist statement, Petric writes, “Our lives and our existence here on earth can be compared to that of being inside an Aquarium of Emotions, where each molecule that touches, enters and leaves from us as water vapor or liquid, is influenced and at the time influencing us … When we dip our foot into the water, the whole surface resonates, all the ripples integrate and the emotions held within the molecules spread.”

“An Aquarium of Emotion” will remain on display through late November / early December, when TAG’s holiday show opens, Nissen said.

Petric was born in Slovenia and now lives there as well as New York and Vienna, Austria. Her work has been featured in 40 solo and 70 group exhibitions around the work and won numerous awards.

The Butler will display her multimedia installation “white wHole,” which deals with, “the currently persistent themes of borders and values in our personal and social relationships, as well as our relationship with our physical environment — the planet Earth, and the incessant construction and deconstruction of these relationships,” according to the artist.

Petric also will present her performance piece “Eden, transplanted,” which marks the 50th anniversary of the first successful human heart transplant, during a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Butler North, 530 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free.

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