E.V. Day, Munn Artists Residency, Karen Black, Kembra Pfahler, Giverny, The Whole, indoor garden, the Bowery, East Village, Versailles Foundation, Claude Monet, giverny gardens

When stepping into the gallery, visitors are first greeted with the wafting sweet fragrance of fresh flowers, which grow around the architectural pillars, along walls and in vines hanging from the ceiling. Manicured pathways of white gravel crunch under foot, as they lead around the indoor garden. Planted rolls of sod and grass line the gravel pathways, and surround mounds of flower beds, blooming in pinks, whites and purples. The gardens are centered around a trickling pond, full of lilypads blooming with crocuses, which can be traversed by walking over an arched turquoise bridge.

The spirit of the outdoors is extended by wallpapering the gallery walls with rich scenes of forests and gardens. On each wall, a photograph of Pfahler hangs. The artist, whose work involves portraying an alter ego called Karen Black, paints herself in vibrant colors as part of her performances. The photographs were taken at Giverny, as part of Day’s duration in the Munn Artists Residency at the gardens, supported by the Versailles Foundation. The photographer captured Pfahler’s iconic vibrant caricature, as posed within the serene landscape of the Giverny gardens.

The resulting body of work blends the two artists styles and oeuvres, while inviting the visitor to be transported to a replicated scene of where the works were created. A gardener is on hand to take care of the exhibition during its run, as well as an “en plein air” painter, who was painting a canvas on the day of Inhabitat’s visit.

Giverny at The Hole closes Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

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photos © Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat