What traces do we have of forests lost to deforestation? Of centuries-old trees downed by natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy? For Gowanus Open Studios 2015, Gowanus Ballroom presented an unsettling body of work created by artist Ryan Burns as a fitting memento mori.
Burns’ large-scale tree stump rubbings on reclaimed billboard paper and recycled architectural plans, are life-size and, therefore, often huge—some as large as 16-feet-tall. Despite their size, they remain intimate and haunting in their particular details. Viewers are confronted by a gallery of individualized loss—each rubbing bears the growth rings and textures of a single tree stump and shows the literal void left by their demise. The work marks a somber realization of what is truly finite in our world and prods us to consider how we reckon with such destruction.
Ryan Burns: Remembered Loss
Gowanus Open Studios @ Gowanus Ballroom
+Fri 10/16, 7-10pm
+Sat 10/17, Noon-10pm
+Sun 10/18, Noon-5pm