The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, December 1, 2022


Laumeier Sculpture Park celebrates opening of fall exhibition, Forest Through the Trees
Andy Millner, Floating World (Tree of the Holly Hocks), 2022. Pigment print, mulberry paper on linen, courtesy of the artist.



ST. LOUIS, MO.- In the Fall of 2022, Laumeier Sculpture Park will explore the beauty and power of trees as an alluring subject matter for artists through its exhibition Forest Through the Trees, on view August 27 – December 11, 2022 in the Aronson Fine Arts Center’s Whitaker Foundation Gallery and Laumeier’s Outdoor Galleries. This group exhibition presents a selection of artists from St. Louis and around the world whose observations range from representation through landscape to conceptual experimentation where the tree is treated as both subject and object.

As a sculpture park focused on the conversation between art and nature, the works on view operate in harmony with and in reference to Laumeier’s natural landscape, both organic and manicured. Rather than viewed as a backdrop, the tree as a symbol of nature is respected and revered. Each of the artists in the exhibition approach this philosophy with wildly different interpretations. Whether literally carved from a tree trunk, laser cut in miniature, abstracted through painting or recreated with computer data, the artwork celebrates and, in some cases, further complicates our relationship to nature.

Forest Through the Trees explores themes and topics from the tragedy of massive deforestation to the admiration of a tree’s individual power and magnificence. The exhibition will include sculpture, photography, video, drawings, and performance. It will also incorporate works from Laumeier’s permanent collection.

The exhibition artists:

• London-based artist Zadok Ben-David explores the relationship between humanity and the natural world, blending the miniature and the monumental with his hand carved, micro-scaled silhouetted tree branches.

• Vienna-based painter Benjamin Butler uses trees, forests, and landscapes in his paintings, repeating this motif with varying levels of abstraction. Recognizing their pictorial properties, Butler employs the forest as a conceptual and visual device, coupled with his simple but unique paint applications.

• For Los Angeles-based artist Charles Gaines, the image of the tree has been a prominent feature of his work since the mid-1970s. His Numbers and Trees series disputes equally the objective character of the trees represented and the subjective
natural and sometime aggressive material human actions that surround them in the
environment.

• Berlin-based artist Lena Henke often relies on familiar forms as subject matter,
combining them with defined space within a given architecture to invert the inside/
outside relationship. Her series of wall sculptures are cast from the trees outside of
her studio. Stacked vertically, Henke’s arboreal fragments resemble a tree’s trunk,
advancing her interest in the relationship between architecture and the natural
world.

• Irish born, New York-based artist Katie Holten’s artistic oeuvre is devoted almost
entirely to trees. Holten developed a downloadable free font called Tree Alphabet,
where each letter is represented by a tree drawing. At Laumeier, Holten will create a
free waving flag featuring a text by St. Louis poet and writer Carl Phillips that has
been translated into the Tree Alphabet font.

• Colombian artist Miler Lagos re-creates the tree’s concentric rings by unfolding,
stacking and layering thousands of newspaper pages to create the cross-section of
a tree and examine the relationship between business and nature, commodities and
culture.

• New York-based artist Jason Middlebrook draws attention to the tree and its form
in his large paintings on planks of wood. In his work he combines colorful geometric
patterns with natural forms, balancing between what is artificial and what is natural.

• St. Louis-based artist Andy Millner catalogues actual plants and trees by
meticulously recreating them digitally. In his work, he builds fantastical
environments comprised of individual drawings from his digital and photographic
archive of plants, flowers and trees to create monumental digital prints on paper.

• Scottish artist Katie Paterson has created a one-hundred-year artwork titled Future
Library for the city of Oslo. In 2014, one thousand trees were planted in a
Norwegian forest, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be
printed in one hundred years’ time. Between now and then, one writer every year
will contribute a text to the anthology. Laumeier will exhibit Future Library
(certificate), 2014, an artwork that supports this project and also secures the owner
a copy of the anthology.

• Berlin-based artist Julius von Bismarck explores the interplay between perception
and reality, building up a portfolio of work focusing on trees or forests where he
seeks to challenge us as viewers to contemplate how we perceive nature versus
how we experience it.

• Local St. Louis artist Rachel Youn transforms materials and objects into kinetic
pieces that balance the absurd with the sometimes ironic beauty of manufactured
goods. Parade Paradis is a decorative, monumental prefab palm tree with a top that
twirls on a motor and gently sways in the wind. The piece teeters between the
humor of its context in a suburban Midwestern landscape and the grace and beauty
of nature.

Connecting to Laumeier’s 2022 focus on health and wellness, Forest Through the Trees
invites visitors to appreciate the important role trees play in green therapy, providing
clean water and food, and helping to improve the health of all flora and fauna.

This exhibition is curated by Laumeier’s Curator Dana Turkovic. She states, “Upon first
glance, the exhibition may look like a landscape show, or simply about an artist’s
interest in trees as a subject. However, my hope is that this grouping of artists will peel
away and reveal a more complex set of layers, associations, and conceptual
preoccupations with trees. This focus on trees through art highlights their beauty and
diversity but also brings to light their importance to our health and wellbeing. Spending
time in and amongst trees and immersing ourselves in forest spaces can improve our
mood and reduce daily stress.”










Today's News

August 29, 2022

Exhibition explores Sol LeWitt's affinities with Australian Central Desert Painting

The Finnish National Ballet at 100

David Nolan now representing Chakaia Booker

Exhibition features the graphic sculptures that Mark Whalen is widely recognized for

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art presents Alyssa Monks: Be Perfectly Still, a retrospcetive

Laumeier Sculpture Park celebrates opening of fall exhibition, Forest Through the Trees

SmartStamp Collaborates with Frieze Seoul, Metagolden, and Digivault Timed to launch of new SmartStamp app

Solo exhibition of works by Christina Fernandez opens at The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College

Heather Gaudio Fine Art opens an exhibition of new works in porcelain ceramic by Lucas Ferreira

ART FOR CHANGE announces a series of works by artist Shaun Ellison timed to the 2022 US Open

Montclair Art Museum prepares four new exhibitions opening this September

Heritage Auctions sells 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card for $12.6 million

Final weeks to see "A Movement in Every Direction" at Mississippi Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art adds four trustees

Joe E. Tata, Peach Pit owner in 'Beverly Hills, 90210,' dies at 85

BLEED 2022: An internatinal Contemporary art event IRL & online now.

Award Winners Best of Graduates 2022: Kwadwo Amfo, Anton Shebetko and Bobbi Essers

The Chicago Show: Antiques & Art & Modern returns to the Merchandise Mart October 66.9

New government scheme to promote next generation of UK artists around the world

Launch Gallery presents 'GIL(path)' Kyong Boon Oh

IFPDA Foundation announces 2022 Curatorial Internship and Foundation Grant Recipients

BRIC officially reopening to the public, welcomes community back to BRIC House

NEH grant for podcasts celebrating women in architecture

The National Gallery of Canada welcomes three new students to its Conservation Internship Program for Diversity

Octavia Art Gallery exhibits the sculptural works by Erica Larkin Gaudet & Mitchell Gaudet

Isee Hair: Trendy Human Hair Wigs For Your Hair

7 Top Things to Consider Before Designing a Logo in 2022

Why You Need to Hire Sourcing Agent Yiwu in China

Change Your Look With Isee Hair Wigs




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful