Lisa Sette Gallery is pleased to announce its debut exhibition with artist Jennifer Trask. Unfurling from the architecture, emerging out of corners and walls, the artist's wild conflagrations of ghost-pale flowers, frames, branches and vines look as though they could have sprouted from an enchanted seed. From their mysterious materials to their exponentially multiplying ornament - bone-white bouquets, crowding around a frame or climbing along the wall - Trask's objects emit an unmistakable air of magic.
Trask practices a singular kind of alchemy: She could tell you the number of days peroxide-cured deer antler must dry in the sun at her Hudson Valley home, or the solution of vinegar in which one might soak a python’s rib in order to make it pliable enough to form the pinprick of a chrysanthemum petal. But these crafts are, for Trask, secondary to her completed works’ true achievement: a sense of wonder at the vast proliferation of the natural world. According to Trask, “That’s what I’m trying to claim when I go into the studio. I want to make something that I believe could be real, something that could have happened on its own.”
Doug and Mike Starn, American artists and identical twins, are concerned largely with chaos, interconnection and interdependence. Over the past two and half decades, they have continued to defy categorization, effectively combining traditionally separate disciplines such as photography, sculpture, and architecture. Of the new work, the Starns write, “Connections and rhizomatic fluency fascinate us. The trees’ natural hierarchy is collapsed when the trees are silhouetted, creating rhizome-like connections everywhere. It is representative of thought and creativity and the invisible architecture of societies and how we all move through life.”
Top: Jennifer Trask (left to right)
Encroachment, 2013, wood, gold leaf, gesso, found objects (18th century frame fragments), bone, antler, calcium carbonate, druzy quartz, teeth, resin, mica, 32" x 24" x 7"
Double Botanical Mum, 2011, found frame, 23.5k gold leaf, resin, bones, antler, 9.5" x 9" x 4.5"
Above left: Doug and Mike Starn, noklopkot, 2013, archival inkjet prints on Kozo paper with varnish, 28.5" x 37.5" framed
Above right: Doug and Mike Starn, kisdesnes, 2013, archival inkjet prints on Kozo paper with varnish, 28.5" x 37.5"framed