November 4, 2016-April 26, 2017 at Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL

The new Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art will open with a site-specific installation by American artist Anne Patterson. Entitled Pathless Woods, which references a line of Byron’s poetry – “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods” – the interactive, multi-media installation invites visitors to find their own path through a forest of ribbons. Each directional choice leads to a unique experience. Pathless Woods continues Patterson’s exploration into creating synesthetic environments, which begun with the 2013 project Graced With Light installed to great acclaim at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. The work at The Ringling will feature the musical piece, “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” by Michael Gandolfi as well as projections by the artist Adam Larsen. On Thursday evenings a scent evocative of a forest and created specifically for the installation by Beau Rhee, will be sprayed in the galleries. Patterson believes the resulting experience will leave visitors feelings as if they are, “swimming through color.”