Paul Villinski’s Sculptures Swoop and Swarm in ‘Flight Patterns’

a sculpture installation in a large gallery space of a scaled-down B-25 bomber releasing a stream of food onto the ground in its path

All images © Paul Villinski, courtesy of the artist and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, shared with permission

From found objects like aluminum cans, bottles, knives, and vinyl records, Paul Villinski frames myriad interpretations of flight. The artist’s solo exhibition Flight Patterns at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park draws on his background as a licensed pilot, casting the experience of airborne motion through the thematic lenses of hope and transformation.

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Villinski is known for his rhythmic, sculptural compositions of swarming insects, which explore subjects like environmentalism, addiction and recovery, and food insecurity. In Flight Patterns, an installation of hundreds of miniature liquor bottles undulates like a starling murmuration. Another wall sculpture splays numerous knives like bird feathers from a larger-than-life, metallic wingspan. By reshaping aluminum from found cans into the delicate wings of butterflies, or cutting LPs into the silhouettes of birds, the artist re-envisions the value of discarded or dated materials.

A keystone work in the exhibition is a World War II B-25 bomber that has been scaled to fit inside the galleries, out of which canned goods and packaged foods stream onto the ground. The historic symbol of military force, which could hold a bomb load of more than 3,000 pounds, is reimagined as an instrument for solving global food scarcity.

Flight Patterns continues through August 18 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Find more on the artist’s website.

 

a wall sculpture of a pilot's helmet swarmed with bright blue butterflies made from aluminum

Installation view of ‘Flight Patterns’

a wall installation of numerous black butterflies made from repurposed aluminum, formed into the overall shape of a larger butterfly

“Prescience” (2017), found aluminum cans, wire, and soot, 55.5 x 46.5 x 6.5 inches

a detail of an installation of birds in flight across a gallery wall, made from old LPs

Installation view of ‘Flight Patterns’

a wall installation of bright blue butterflies made from repurposed aluminum that circle in a swarm that gets denser in the middle

“Gyre” (2017), aluminum (found cans), wire, and flashe, 80 x 80 x 9 inches

a wall sculpture of a bird's wingspan made from repurposed knives

“Aerialist” (2017), knives, steel, and wood, 31.5 x 125 x 13 inches

a wall sculpture that resembles the rhythms of a starling murmuration, made from tiny liquor bottles

Installation view of ‘Flight Patterns’

a detail of a wall sculpture that resembles the rhythms of a starling murmuration, made from tiny liquor bottles

Installation view of ‘Flight Patterns’

a sculpture of an old pair of military-issue boots with spring contraptions attached to the bottom as if they could be used to bounce very high

“Wishful Thinking” (1998), steel and leather boots, 32 x 9 x 13 inches

the rear view of a sculpture installation in a large gallery space of a scaled-down B-25 bomber releasing a stream of food onto the ground in its path

Installation view of ‘Flight Patterns’

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