In a Different Vein
If you will be in Long Island over the next month, make sure to see Jason Middlebrook’s, Every Tree is a Map, up at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton until September 14!
From left: Black Lines on Black Birch (2014); Many Types of Woodgrain (2012); and Inspired by a Diner in Nyack (2013). Photo courtesy of Hamptons-Magazine.com (http://hamptons-magazine.com/lifestyle/articles/jason-middlebrook-exhibits-his-series-of-paintings-on-planks-at-the-silas-marder-gallery).
In 2007, Jason generously partnered with RxArt to create a wall painting, Traveling Seeds, in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Mount Sinai Hospital, in addition to creating prints for San Francisco General Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Unit in 2011, and for an outpatient clinic waiting area at New York City’s Metropolitan Hospital in 2013. The installations have been a huge success, transforming bleak areas into spaces that soothe and bring a smile to hospital patients and staff. His current works on exhibition are similarly inspired by nature’s regenerative cycles. In his plank paintings, he paints elaborate patterns on various types of wood to emulate organic growth rings. As the title reveals, each cross-sectional slab traces a lineage of experiences that reflects the state of the natural environment as well as man’s place within it. The gallery, an oversized barn that sits on landscaped grounds filled with hay bales, is the perfect venue to display these works. The embellished planks highlight the wonders of evolution, while reminding us of the human interventions that shape and change nature’s path.
Photo courtesy of patch.com (http://patch.com/new-york/north-fork/jason-middlebrook-every-tree-map-opens-silas-marder#.U_Ig8oBdXi8).