Curation 2017 >The Innocence of Trees, 4/21/17 - 6/10/17
The Innocence of Trees 4/21/17 - 6/10/17
Artist Reception 4/23/17, 3-6p
Workshop/Talk 5/6/17 & 5/7/17, 3-6p
Closing Party 6/10/17
The Innocence of Trees features drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and installation by nine artists, Anne Doris-Eisner, Claire McConaughy, Dana Scott, Geoffrey Sokol, James Pustorino, Julie Anne Mann, Kathleen Vance, Shelley Haven, Yeon Ji Yoo, each in their own gallery room, who create a series of works that focus on a study of trees. The exhibition is curated by Anne Trauben. Drawing Rooms will be a forest during Earth Day, Arbor Day and all through May as we celebrate our love of Planet Earth. This is our second show of the year in response to the new administration. Anne Doris-Eisner's imposing, life-size black and white tree trunk drawings are made with a tactile and strenuous process of mark making. For painter Claire McConaughy, the forms and tones of a scene are adjusted until they are new moments poetically composed. In Dana Scott's installation, Ghost Forest, the quiet austerity of trees is emphasized by the repetition of simple form, both throughout the space and within the images, while the translucent material evokes the mysterious beauty of the forest. Geoffrey Sokol's photographs trees for the peacefulness he feels walking among them. Studies of trees and architectural structure in urban areas inform James Pustorino's large, detailed drawings, which attempt to capture the movement of individual trees and the space around them. A circle of branches appear to come straight out of the wall in Julie Anne Mann's ‘Threshold’. The artist says, “these branches have formed a union, an eclipse, a safe place, an unbreakable boundary, united, equal. Their branches mark the passage of time with the passing sun.” In her “Traveling Landscapes”, Kathleen Vance creates miniature landscapes inside vintage suitcases and trunks. Painter Shelley Haven builds delicate layers of paint that reveal the mood and story of the land and invite quiet meditation. Yeon Ji Yoo creates an installation where inky wash pines, tall trees and moss underfoot create a forest dreamland as she reaches back into childhood remembrances of her life in Korea.