March 26, 2013 by: Dom
Reinhard Reitzenstein: Seed Trees
Exhibition: April 6 – 27, 2013
The Olga Korper Gallery
17 Morrow Avenue
Opening reception: Saturday April 6, 2-6 pm, the artist will be present.
Reitzenstein’s exhibition features new work in bronze and stone, images of mosses from the forest floor, and a series of drawings representing seed trees. Seed trees are presumably left standing to provide seedlings in forest areas after clear-cut operations. Perhaps they also give us a sense of hope for the recovery of the forest. Reitzenstein’s drawings depict the trees as iconic, solitary, survivors at once heroic and vulnerable.
Trees that survive adversity often become icons for human cultures that share hostile conditions. A recent example of this is the preservation of the sole surviving pine tree left standing in the Takata-Matsubara Forest in Japan after the tsunami in 2011. This miracle pine later died due to the high saline content left in the soil by the receding seawater. The pine was removed and a replica has now been installed on the original site. A memorable historical example exists in the works of Emily Carr who depicted images of seed trees such as in the 1935 painting, Scorned as Timber Beloved of Sky.