Reframing Nature

Reframing Nature by Allan Wexler

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 11, 1:30-4 PM
On View: October 11, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Reframing Nature, 2015, archival digital prints, tree branch, and wood
frames each of 4: 8' – 1 ¼" x 12 ¾"
branches: left branch 7' 11" x 4" x 4"
right branch 7' – 8 ¼" x 3" x 3"

Tetratree, 2014, tree branch and glue
18" x 12 ¾" x 19"

Reframing Nature features the work of Allan Wexler, who considers the natural landscape's relationship to the roots of architecture. Wexler studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1967 to 1972. Instead of designing physical buildings, he made work focusing on what was called anti-architecture or paper architecture. The pieces on view at Omi embrace the question of "what is architecture?" that is central to his practice. Wexler's works explore human activity and the built environment. Trees flourish with their own innate structural forms, but become lumber and source material for construction in man-made projects. He writes, "by dissolving the boundaries between the fine arts and the applied arts, between furniture design, architecture and theatrical performance, between sculpture and interactive exhibition design and between the practice and the research of architecture, that new ideas and innovation flourishes. 

Allan Wexler has worked in the fields of architecture, design and fine art for 45 years. He is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City and teaches in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Wexler is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and has won a Chrysler Award for Design innovation, The George Nelson Design Award from Interiors Magazine and the Henry J Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum in New York. He has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions and has lectured on his work internationally and has been reviewed by major art and design publications.

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Reframing Nature, 2015


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