YELLOW PERIL. presents James Weingrod at SATELLITE NY 2019
Time Lines is an engaging "living" exhibition featuring a new series of painting, sculpture and installation by James Weingrod presented by YELLOW PERIL. at the inaugural edition of SATELLITE NY 2019
Total darkness is central to Weingrod's proposed installation. Several pieces have been infused with bioluminescence activated to reveal the stars within the trees and ultimately an otherworldly universe as the artist sees it. Featured work will be lit with custom led lights embedded inside and an array of lights linking the relationship of the paintings to the installation. Through various media, the sculptures, paintings and installation as a whole become capsules of time and universe.
This new series began on a winter's day in 2016 when a large maple tree in Weingrod's backyard was cut down. "When I saw various patterns of the trunk's grain and the incredible forms created by whatever had been feasting on the insides of the tree toward its trunk, I was immediately reminded of the type of astral phenomena I have been replicating in my paintings, sculptures and installations for years," he notes. "That same day I began researching how to dry, preserve and process wood."
Weingrod has spent the better part of three years researching and conducting a series of experiments centering on different treatments and methods of drying, curing, preserving and finally cutting sections of the felled tree to, as he says, "reveal a universe" within. Each tree-based piece will imagine a different conceptual, structural and/or visual "model" of the universe.
Time Lines invites viewers to look at both trees and space in a new light. The exhibition will unveil a tiny sliver of the cosmos, embedded within a tree to remind viewers that there is still that which unites us. Weingrod hopes the work will encourage people to step back and observe that the whole universe is right there in a section of a tree from his backyard. "It infuses us all and all that surrounds us," Weingrod stresses. "All you have to do is look."
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