Bonsai Garden is a series of small paintings begun between 2011 and 2013. Some I consider completed in 2016 – 2017 while others are ongoing, with continual revision and adjustment. Each piece represents part of my ongoing interest in biological processes found in nature and in the human body.
Selections from Bonsai Garden were exhibited in Spring of 2017 at Holland Tunnel Gallery in Brooklyn.
Others will be included in the Big Small show at Drawing Rooms in Jersey City, December through February 2017-2018.
Gardener, Oil on Board, 11″ x 14″, 2015
Collection Juergen Riehm and Jody Oberfelder
Bonsai Garden takes its title from the small scale and concentrated nature of these paintings. And, like bonsai, these paintings take years to mature. It’s also appropriate that Holland Tunnel Gallery is in a real garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The Count Annoys the Peasantry, Acrylic on Board, 11″ x 14″, 2015
Repro, Acrylic and tempera on panel, 11″ x 14″, 2016
The painting, Repro was inspired by parthenogenesis (a form of reproduction that doesn’t require fertilization). Repro illustrates the biological process while also occupying an intermediate space where cultural and visual associations with the forms play a critical role.
Hatch, Oil on panel, 16″ x 20″, 2017
Hatch alludes to both the egg, but also the protective instinct of the mother combined with inherent threat.
Fungible, Oil on Board, 11″ x 14″, 2016 – 2017
Oil and acrylic on mounted board, 11″ x 14″, 2016
April 7 – April 30
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1-5PM
Holland Tunnel Gallery
61 and 59 South 3rd Street
Between Berry St. and Wythe Ave.
Bonsai Garden features intimate paintings begun between 2011 and 2013 and completed in 2016 – 2017. Each piece represents part of my ongoing interest in biological processes found in nature and in our bodies.
Bonsai Garden takes its title from the fact that these paintings are small, concentrated and like bonsai take a long time to mature. It’s also appropriate that Holland Tunnel Gallery is located in a real garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Press Release: Bonsai-Garden-2017-03-13