“Bound” & “Loosed” were exhibited as a part of the excellent group exhibition “Water Over the Bridge: Contemporary Seascapes” at the Morean Arts Center.
The column of 7 paintings on the wall and the 7 floating forms that comprise the installation in the center of the gallery are at a deep level essentially the same. Both are made with broken pieces of dead mangrove trees roots found on an island in Boca Ciega Bay near St.Petersburg, FL. Yet, in their current representations they communicate vastly varied vantage points, interpretive lenses, and stages in development. It is unclear exactly why and how these trees (that may have formed the island itself) are now dead and hacked down to stumps, but for the purpose of this exploration, it seems like years of human activity, boat traffic and rising water level have contributed to their eventual demise. look at the next images for more info.
Oil, water based spray, acrylic on panel (numbered from the ground up), 2018.
The “Bound” paintings are interpretive records of earlier sculptures that rigidly bound these random bits into chaotic, static forms that appeared dramatically different from every angle viewed. One such narrow perspective of each sculpture was captured first through the lens of an iphone and then filtered through the shifting lenses of the painter - twice removed from the original.
Found dead mangrove roots, twine, water based spray, wire.
(Number of individual members in each ring numbered from ground up:
1 = 11, 2 = 12, 3 = 9, 4 = 12, 5 = 15, 6 = 9, 7 = 11), 2018.
Each ring of the “Loosed” installation has been reconstructed from all of the corresponding contents of each previous form once the bindings were removed. All of the individual, unique parts were meticulously joined together into a connected and pliable whole.
The ever-widening circles loom overhead like the exploded view of depth contours on a nautical map. The stacked paintings become a channel marker to gauge the rising tide. The gallery is a body of water that you are within.