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Preservation Strategies

Posted on: Sunday, May 04, 2008

Untitled (latex rubber, pre-Columbian textile pattern) by Rachel Miller

Passing I (latex rubber and dirt) by Rachel Miller

Sleeve (latex rubber and seeds) by Rachel Miller

Your notion of what constitutes "preservation" might not include latex rubber or polymer water crystals, but sculptors Rachel Miller and Michele Brody have incorporated both materials into their current PRESERVATION installations at the Chasama Gallery Space in midtown Manhattan. Neither have shamelessly indulged in the usual artist exercise in "self-preservation" either, but rather created textured eco-capsules and glowing sentinel-like events. This is a great show for examining possible scenarios for environmental preservation by looking deeper and longer at the surface of the familiar (the domestic) - past, present, future.

Garden Sentinels (vegetation and LED lights) by Michele Brody

Garden Sentinels (detail) by Michele Brody

PRESERVATION is on view at Chashama through May 25, 2008. More exhibition images can be viewed here.


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