This fourth of July weekend, get back to nature. Or at least see it in a gallery.
Until August 2nd, the group exhibition, On Nature, will be on display at Sean Kelly. The works feel out the countless ways we employ nature to articulate narratives and metaphors, placing human figures (using straight-forward or less representational approaches) within non-man-made settings.
The exhibition includes new works in addition to seminal historic works, such as Joseph Beuys’s Capri Batterie (1985). The sculpture, one of the artist’s last works before his death, comprises a yellow light bulb that appears to be powered by a fresh lemon, creating a wry commentary on our use of nature as a fuel source.
Man’s direct interaction with the immediate landscape is evident in Richard Long’s Leuk Stone Circle (2000), a large-scale floor sculpture of stones from the Rhone river in Switzerland, Marina Abramovic’s Places of Power, Waterfall (2013), a photograph of the artist, dressed in white with arms outstretched, standing at the base of a dramatic waterfall in Brazil, and Antony Gormley’s Man Rock (1982-1983), in which the silhouette of a figure has been incised as a continuous line into the surface of the stone.
Peter Liversidge's Winter Drawings are delicate renderings of trees made from cut black masking tape. Further, the natural world as experienced through the passage of time is seen in two of the video works in the exhibition. One, Guido van der Werve’s Nummer negen, the day I didn’t turn with the world (2007), is composed of time-lapse photography, taken over a 24-hour period, of the artist at the North Pole turning in counter-rotation to the earth. The other, Anthony McCall’s Landscape for Fire (1972), depicts a performance in which the artist created a time-based choreography of a series of lit fires across a field in the English countryside. These works pay tribute to the largeness and power of nature, but they note our inhernet presence while documenting these scenes, humbly.
The Sean Kelly Gallery is located at 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY, and its hours are Tuesday through Friday: 11am to 6pm and Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Image Credits: On Nature at Sean Kelly Gallery