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Ellen Birrell: T(h)ree Rings-Art by Installment

Main Gallery Nov 15, 1990–Feb 3, 1991

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Ellen Birrell: T(h)ree Rings-Art by Installment
Nov 15, 1990–Feb 3, 1991

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Ellen Birrell: T(h)ree Rings—Art by Installment, 1991
Ellen Birrell: T(h)ree Rings—Art by Installment, 1991, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Birrell’s gradually evolving installation, which incorporated photographs and found objects, was presented in three parts in a specially built space inside the museum’s west gallery. Within the 25 × 15 ×10 1/2 foot structure, Birrell utilized natural motifs, such as growth, branching, and trees, as metaphors for progress, selection, and ordering. Visitors viewing each of the three progressive permutations gained a successive and cumulative overview of this mixed-media, multidimensional presentation.