A look back at Being in the Woods. (includes video)

Being in the Woods exhibition in Philadelphia at Artspace 1241

Exhibition : Being in the Woods, a view

For my most recent exchibition I created a series of drawings that are driven not by results but by process. Each of these drawings is made using the same ink, the same pen, the same unrelenting process. The results reveal themselves to be reminders of her meandering walks and joyful runs in the woods. The straight trunks making blurred lines that suggest motion, space, and time — a DNA image of being in the woods.

This installation, Being in the Woods, consists of drawings by Stella Untalan, sound by Lesley Tao Mowat, and a corrugated cardboard construction: [bar] by Brian David Dennis.

from Don Brewer, DonArtNews
Walking among the drawings is like wandering through a strange forest of code and chaos, the paper softly reflects the light, the woody brown ink fading across parallel lines bring to mind chirps, tweets and buzzes of being in the woods. There is a serenity to the noisy silence of nature; bird calls, leaves rustling, branches scratching each other, my breath easy and full, blood gently pounding in my ears as I become just one element. The narrative is not about counting but a study of strange mathematics emanating from the artist’s liveness, energy and intellect.

Patterns emerge from the chaos then obscure themselves, morphing and changing across each of the drawings. The installation in the space adds another dimension to the holographic memory, an experience design, of the art, connecting new neural pathways to recollections. The suspended drawings are like looking into a pond, shiny and sleek, cloudy and confusing, with heavy bubbles popping and vanishing into ether, the paper given as much importance to the experience as the marks.
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