Experiencing the essence of tree roots as represented by three very different artists working in a variety of media, the legacy of grand trunks and aged presence worked well together as a contrast and as an offering of multiplicity to the subject matter.
Sherri Chaba's black metal wiring toed the line between installation and sculpture; creating a surprisingly lush and ephemeral atmosphere with her moss-like cynlinders of wire, coming down from the ceiling and jutting out from the wall, Chaba's works channeled the calming presence and slightly menancing affront of being amongst trees.
The highlights of the exhibit were Erin Schwab's large sketches of tree roots, a progression from her previous show of the same name. Eliminated from any context and placed onto sterile white backgrounds, the roots in foreground casting a suspicious shadow, their twists and natural wonders are resembling bodies, faces, and hands in scrutinized and contorted positions. They are beautiful to gaze upon, much like the beauty of recognizing objects in clouds, and a stark contrast to the bone-white and brittle renderings of roots in her sculptural works, which convey the ghastliness of frailty, and would maybe work better as lifesize sculptures than pedestal ceramics.
Artists: Sherri Chaba, Brenda Kim Christiansen, Erin Schwab