Jaw-Drop­ping In­stal­la­tions, Sen­sa­tional Sculp­tures, Lo­cal Trib­utes... What Not to Miss at the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter

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Para­bio­sis II

There are two ways to think of Ken­dall Buster’s Para­bio­sis II (2002), a hang­ing form that looks like a del­i­cate draw­ing. This sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion—which the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter com­mis­sioned from the artist, a for­mer DC res­i­dent who is now an art pro­fes­sor at Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity—re­sem­bles both a biomor­phic en­tity and also a kind of or­ganic ar­chi­tec­ture. “From above, the work re­sem­bles a view from a mi­cro­scope, but from be­low one can see var­i­ous ar­chi­tec­tural forms—like mod­els for imag­i­nary build­ings,” Buster says. Her work changes dra­mat­i­cally with scale, as view­ers can phys­i­cally en­ter and walk around some of her sculp­tures; this one looks more like a com­plex of build­ings seen from 50,000 feet up. Made from shade­cloth and steel, Para­bio­sis II is one of sev­eral en­tries in the artist’s se­ries. Lo­cated on the Street Level on the L Street side of the build­ing.

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