September 30th through December 31st
Curated by Elsa Mora
Opening: Sept 30th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Address: 62A Trenton Ave, Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Transience and transformation in Nature
(in)animate is a group exhibition with artists whose work repurposes organic materials. The fragility of insect wings, the durability of fossils and rocks, the strangeness of bones and feathers create conditions for art that can be dislocating, arresting, beautiful, and illuminating. In pondering what animates nature and what is missing in its absence, viewers may be invited to consider their own cycles of transience and transformation.
The exhibition will also invite visitors to engage in a creative process of their own in a separate space inspired by the Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature Lab, a collection of natural history artifacts.
Bruce Gardner specializes in the Japanese art of Hikaru Dorodango. They are balls crafted from soil, molded by hand into perfect spheres, dried, and then polished to create a sheen. This is a traditional pastime among many children in Japan, and through many years of perseverance Bruce has been able to refine the process himself and has added his own techniques to create one of a kind spheres from local soils found near his own home in New Mexico.
Carrie Witherell uses a variety of mediums in the photographic realm as well as traditional painting and drawing techniques to create a rich visual impact. Her artwork features themes of the natural world and how we relate as individuals, our coping mechanisms, and personal struggles.
Lauren Rosenthal is primarily interested in interconnectedness. Ecology, the science of relationships between organism and environment, serves as the conceptual framework of her investigation, and maps provide the visual language for her expression. She makes prints, drawings, and sculptures that use the river as both a literal and metaphorical symbol of interconnectedness.
Luci Jockel, a RISD graduate, is a multimedia artist whose painstaking work is constructed of woven bee wings, bones, and other materials. In her practice, she seeks to give a voice to the deceased beings in the hopes of building an interconnectivity between human and animal.
Margaret Parish is a RISD graduate with a keen eye for the subtle and those natural processes that involve decay, transformation, and surprise. A hunter and collector of uncommon objects affected by time and the elements, she creates intriguing sculptures, photographs, and installations by combining unexpected materials such as metal and plaster of Paris, potatoes and nails, etc. In her practice, the actions of seeing/noticing and making, are organically interconnected.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Naoko Ito is a New York-based artist working in sculpture, installation, and video. Her pieces are inspired by urban attempts to tame or contain nature. In the installation that she is bringing to (in)animate, Naoko employs glass containers and severed tree branches which convey the illusion of plant material growing through glass.
Thomas Beale is a New York-based sculptor. He founded and directed the Honey Space, an innovative “no-profit” gallery in Chelsea, from 2008 to 2012. Starting with found and reclaimed materials, notably wood and shells, Beale processes them into small, workable units, which he then assembles to create the organic and sensuous shapes of his sculptures. The diversity of those individual segments lends richness and a sense of movement to both his large and small-scale work.