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Sharon Levy: The Wood

Project Room 1 Sep 8–Dec 9, 2007

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Sep 8–Dec 9, 2007

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The Wood, 2007, Installation View (detail)

Sharon Levy’s interest in the sublime qualities of the forest and in wood as a medium has led her to craft sculptures of trees in various stages of life and death. For The Wood, Levy created a site-specific installation – a poignant fairytale forest evoking wonder, surprise, and pathos. Cookie, the centerpiece of the installation, appeared to be sliced from a giant tree. Made from two canvases stretched on a circular frame, surrounded by foam rubber painted to resemble bark, Cookie towered at nine feet in diameter, dwarfing the viewer. Cookie’s painstakingly painted growth rings represented both the tree’s age and the duration of the artist’s process. The Wood also included Young Pines, two clusters of tree silhouettes with articulated branches jigsaw-cut from pine plywood: a manufactured material returning to its original form. Levy built many of her trees using construction techniques borrowed from theater props, tents, toys, and ”knock-down” furniture; she delights in the irony inherent in creating portable, artificial props to represent such venerable natural objects.