Mushroom Magic Exhibition 2020 - 3D virtual exhibition by ViTra Academy

Mushroom Magic Exhibition 2020

Sat, 08/29/2020 to Tue, 02/02/2021

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Like an iceberg, a visible mushroom—the flower or fruit of a fungus—is only a fraction of the organism whose roots, called mycelium, range great distances underground. Not only do these delicate white filaments break down stone, bone, timber and plant matter into soil, they create a communication and distribution network that carries essential information and nutrients to and from surrounding trees and vegetation.
World renowned mycologist, Paul Stamets, declares mycelium “earth’s natural internet” and a ”gateway species,” that “opens the door for other biological communities.”
What better metaphor, then, for a community of artists tethered to one another through the world wide web, paint, brushes, canvas, and a shared devotion to transmitting the nutrients of creativity, cooperation and love of people and planet, across the globe, than mushrooms?
Scientists estimate there may be as many as 3.8 million species of fungi on earth. Among their remarkable qualities are the ability to grow in the dark, facilitate beneficial changes in physical and mental states, and produce powerful antivirals, non-toxic insecticides, and fuel. Uncanny alchemists, mushrooms are also capable of cleaning water and—astonishingly—converting petroleum waste into life-sustaining carbohydrates.
As diverse as fungi in locale and style, the visionary artists in this exhibition create from a common ground of conscious dreams and intentions to extract insight, beauty, and hope from the darkness of current events to be reconstituted as unique works of art, which act as spores, seeding new possibilities for healing body, mind and soul.
Visionary art’s power lies in the use of the imagination, the invisible but potent gateway thru which all ideas— simple solutions and great innovations—enter the material realm.
The goal of this exhibition, therefore, is to awaken awareness of the marvelous resources of diversity, community, conscious creativity, and intelligent application of our natural resources for positive change. We invite viewers and artists of all ability levels to cultivate, through the genius of every individual’s imagination, a more coherent, soulful and sustainable vision of future.

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