Message in the Trees
808 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 PM 5:00 PM
Ends Apr 30, 2019
The Nook Gallery presents Message in the Trees: the artworks of Sharon Levy, Louie Shirase, and Brittany Ransom. Featuring traditional and new media of watercolors, 3D-printed sculptures, photographs, animated 3D scans, and a painting, this exhibition depicts plant life cycles and their inhabitants as stripped-down line-workings, imprinted codes, and leaf-like languages of layered branches. A leafy branch on a bough swings upward making a crisp, rustling sound. For Canopy, Sharon Levy’s moving sculpture hung from the ceiling by wooden beams and wires, a trunkless foliage of handmade Abaca paper angles away like a lever releasing itself with an animatronic swivel. The piece brings to mind a few lines of verse: “Not smart to be out under trees with the wind still high: billowing & breaking bring down stob ends” writes A.R. Ammons in the poem, “Picking up Equations.” “One thing’s certain, fall shadows the wind, ellipses spring, noding downwind to the arc including everything.” The sensation of being swept away by a stormy climate surrounded by the marks of ravenous insects--presented in various works by Brittany Ransom-- are this exhibition's non-verbal missives. The medium is the message: leafy forms communicate the fearsome speeds of nature’s architecture miraculously charged with progress and transformation as we seek to understand what it tells us.