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Staff Pick

Best Reason to Look Straight Up 

Tom McGrath’s ceiling at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org

Brooklyn conceptual artist Tom McGrath made the glowing artwork that hangs above patrons in the Pugh Theater – 34 back-lit panels hand-painted, screened, sprayed, spattered and brushed on architectural polymer. According to the artist, the wild vortex of imagery encompasses “silkscreens of brushstrokes and splatters that I made and photographed, vector meshes of flight maps for Orlando and major central Florida airports, Judson Theater dancers, breakdancers … a distorted sample of the painting ‘Victory Over the Sun’ by Lissitzky, a Tiepolo engraving, a hypercube section, a diagram of the entire Internet, a painting of a cloud by Constable” and more. Please just remember to stop staring at the ceiling when the performers hit the stage.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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