Mike Bily

May 24 – June 22, 2024

In this exhibit Mike Bily takes us with him on an exploration of greenhouse conservatories. During the pandemic there was an upswing in the popularity of plants and gardens and so it was for Bily. Visiting a botanical conservatory during the fall and winter months shelters the visitor, but the plantings and foliage present a striking contrast against the clear cerulean sky. The natural light through the pane glass is wonderful! Visual art naturally belongs in a vibrant garden conservatory. Mike Bily captured this in his paintings.

He discovered that as living beings, plants can be interpreted as extensions of our environment or of ourselves. Meanwhile, the effects of climate change materialized in the form of wildfires and more frequent natural disasters. In an uncertain environment, living material—or its likeness—has proven a useful medium with powerful creative imagery.

Bily sees container plants as a metaphor for the way we try to constrain nature and present only the best version of it. Plants are mysterious, but also deeply personal. Unlike other media of cultural creation, we absorb them into our bodies, and that allows them different recurrence of meaning for us.

The exhibit will be in the Corner Gallery.


May 24 2024 - Jun 22 2024


All of the day


Corner Gallery
320 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224

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