Adaptations: The fragility and fierceness of metamorphosis

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Helene Brandt and Twister at gallery reception, February 7, 2012
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Adaptations: The fragility and fierceness of metamorphosis
Curated by: Deborah Johnstone

325 Hudson Street [at Vandam] 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
February 7th, 2012 - April 17th, 2012
Opening: February 7th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

New York, NY, SUNY-Empire State College
Sculptural hybrids installation pop painting abstract sculpture


Opening Reception:
Tuesday February 7th, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 pm

SUNY Empire State College

Metropolitan Center Gallery

325 Hudson St., 5th Floor

New York, NY 10013

RSVP: 212 647-7800

Exhibit will be on view through April 17th, 2012

Private viewings of the exhibit can be arranged after the opening reception by calling: 212 647.7800

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Adaptations, an exhibition of sculptural hybrids by Helene Brandt, explores the fragility and fierceness of metamorphosis. Sculptor Helene Brandt uses discarded, found, and organic objects, to create a symbiotic universe in the throes of change. Steel, wood, roots, wire, leaves, paint, varnish, and vegetation, all meld and focus our attention on the revelatory characteristics of each object. Indeed, they appear to come to life before our eyes. There is an acute sense that each sculpture could move at any instant and exchange parts with the next to create a new entity. In Brandt’s work, a new truth becomes visible and we are allowed to create our own narrative. Even curious, suspicious, elements are treated with reverence and allowed to participate in the process. It is this willingness to abandon the familiar that is at the core of her work.

Together, the community dwells in a contradictory state of permanence and instability – change is imminent. It is in this place of tumult where we perceive an emotional resonance that both confounds us and begs our scrutiny. Each sculpture engages in a sly hybridization that reveals anthropomorphic elements – attributes – that when considered in tandem, invite comparisons.

Introverts and extroverts, young and old, and the unruly and the obedient, all coincide. Twister, perched on limbs of welded steel, wood, and vines, watches furtively – ready to scramble should it sense peril. Crane, fashioned from steel and lambs ear leaves, watches over the proceedings with a sense of bemusement – he thinks he may be a bird but can’t be certain. Will he fly? Should he? Delicate Melazana is exuberant – she has just discovered that the unruly wires from her top can be used as a conduit to gather important information.

The tension between clinging to the familiar and fearing the unknown facilitates constant movement. This adaptive universe is always “in progress” and like all good symbiotic relationships, the members depend on each other for survival and reinvention. Each change, no matter how divergent or incomprehensible, somehow contributes to the whole and the metamorphosis continues.

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