Whitney Art Works
Portland, Maine
November 2008

This November at Whitney Art Works, TREED, new work by Jeff Badger. The exhibition will be on view from November 1st- 22nd. An opening reception will be held on November 7th from 5-8pm during the First Friday Art Walk. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12-6 or by appointment.

"These paintings and drawings are a loosely-knit narrative that was inspired by ecological concerns, deluge myths, and the 18th century seafaring tale of the mutiny on The Bounty, a ship whose original mission was the transportation of breadfruit trees. While the Bounty’s arboreal passengers were silently growing in an artificial earth below deck, the worst traits of human behavior were unfolding above. In these works the trees act as stand-ins for people -- by acting out miniature dramas of human struggle, I hope to present an opportunity to look humorously at our own actions from afar.

Reinscribing Rings pairs drawing machines made from reclaimed electronics with freshly cut logs. The machines, made from cassette players, clocks and various motors, draw an approximation of tree rings on top of the stumps, accelerating the dendrochronological process and making it visible to human eyes."

Interview/Review in The Maine Switch




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