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BRANCHING OUT

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Botanically inspired works b y:

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Maddy LeMel\, Ann Page\, Pierre Picot\, Fred Rose and Jam ie Sweetman

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Branching Out is comprised of 5 artists\, wh ose works are stimulated by images of botanical growth-and more specificall y\, by tree branching.  These works range broadly in terms of media\, from photography\, drawing\, painting and sculpture to rapid proto-typed 3-D pie ces and mixed media installation.  Branching is used as metaphor for growth and proliferation\, for connectivity and for the lightning movement of tho ught and intuition.  Although botanically inspired\, each artist herein tra vels a divergent route that splits\, and splits again\, within his or her o wn progression. Sometimes the images mirror biological systems\, sometimes mapping and at other moments bearing reference to architecture and systemic patterns of the human brain.

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Maddy LeMel focuses upon the t imeless sense of spiritual kinship between humans and trees in her large-sc ale sculptural work\, Finding a Pulse (9’x7’x7’) constructed in wire \, plastic and mixed media.  Additionally she exhibits a 3 dimensional seri es titled Pulp Music using manufactured elements including antique p aper player piano rolls. In relationship to this series LeMel muses that humans have long turned trees into instruments and in the music we’ve made with wooden instruments we have heard the harmonies of nature. 

\n< p>Ann Page exhibits found botanical forms\, captured via digi tal photo\, scanning or traditional drawing\, merged into visually assoc iative compositional tropes. These 2-D images mutate into geometric con figurations and finally emerge as fully 3-D forms through the use of a rapi d proto-typing machine. In displaying these 2 and 3 dimensional forms geome tric grids in some fashion underlie all the resulting imagery\, Page refere nces the idea of diversity as nothing more than aggregated knots\, slive rs and twigs of the generating whole. These diptychs correlate to the b i-lateral functioning of the human brain and to the rational and sensorial aspects of this artist’s being. 

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Pierre Picot display s his painting\, 2nd Nature\, a swirling forested landsca pe inspired loosely by French countryside combined with extravagant flights of imagination and rapidly alternating drawing/painting styles. Picot says \; In the forest\, order and chaos exist in perfect balance\, an echo of the precarious reality of daily life. He installs this fantasti cal work in a room with rust and mustard- colored walls along with pieces o f his own highly stylized\, wooden\, modernist furniture accompanied by bla ck and white ink on paper drawings of the French forest and glade. < /p>\n

In The Stump Complicated Series\, quirky Victorian confabula tions by Fred Rose\, parallels are drawn between the nature of trees and human flesh.  Rose explores the historic language of woodworking and c ombines both diverse woods and disparate images into one object whose meani ng is found through this collision of references and craftsmanship.  In The Tea House of Indecision at the Fork in the Road\, Rose refer ences branch-based construction found in Japanese farmhouses while simultan eously referring to other branching structures such as geographic mapping a nd neuron paths.  

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In her delicate drawings in colored penci l and gouache on Duralar Jamie Sweetman layers the human circulatory system and botanical vines\, entwining one upon the other\, connecting bot anical and biological worlds. Sweetman says\, My artwork has been influe nced by my studies in human dissection. When you look inside the human body you soon find repeating patterns among the shapes of the body and those in nature…Viewing a cross section of the cerebellum of the human brain reveal s the shape of a tree.  The similarity continues when you look at lightning \, tree branches\, root systems\, a river bed as seen from above.

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DTEND:20100430 DTSTAMP:20141023T084425 DTSTART:20100329 GEO:33.8844615;-118.3267305 LOCATION:El Camino College Art Gallery\,16007 Crenshaw Blvd. \nTorrance\, C A 90506 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Branching Out: Botanically Inspired Works\, Maddy LeMel\, Ann Page\ , Pierre Picot\, Fred Rose\, Jamie Sweetman UID:78709 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20100406T210000 DTSTAMP:20141023T084425 DTSTART:20100406T190000 GEO:33.8844615;-118.3267305 LOCATION:El Camino College Art Gallery\,16007 Crenshaw Blvd. \nTorrance\, C A 90506 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Branching Out: Botanically Inspired Works\, Maddy LeMel\, Ann Page\ , Pierre Picot\, Fred Rose\, Jamie Sweetman UID:78710 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR