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.