Exhibition
Amir Zaki, Identical Twins, 2020, archival pigment photograph, 75 x 60 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Edward Cella Gallery
 
To Bough and To Bend
03.11.20 – 07.25.20

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The Bodhi Tree is said to be the site of Siddhārtha Gautama’s awakening as the Buddha. The Tree of Life is found in both the beginning of the Jewish Tanakh and in the last book of the Christian Scriptures. Ancient Chinook prayers address God as the “Maker of Trees.” As the novelist Richard Powers said, trees are rightly called  “architecture of imagination.” Their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and imagining our renewal.

Today, trees still speak: blunt stumps communicate deforestation and charred limbs speak of Los Angeles fires started by our own hands—or our negligence. New discoveries of communicating root systems speak to a tangled web of connections just below the surface of the visible world, just as LA’s iconic—and imported—palms evoke a colonial past. In To Bough and To Bend, artists explore these ecological issues and look to both religious and historic art practices that help us listen to these old friends, so that we might find our way back into the living world we share.

Bridge Projects is pleased to present for its second exhibition: To Bough and To Bend, a group show featuring artists Robert Adams, Miya Ando, Charles Burchfield, Pamela Burgess, Daniel Cheek, Zoe Crosher, Gil Delindro, Kieran Dodds, Chris Garofalo, Ken Gonzales-Day, Todd Gray, Tim Hawkinson, Leonor Jurado, Kazuo Kadonaga, Corita Kent, Siobhan McDonald, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Harold Mendez, Billy Joe Miller and Nathan Weick, Ahram Park, Kate Parsons, Katie Paterson, Heather Rasmussen, Lucas Reiner, Ben Sanders, Tal Shochat, Ben Vance, Ellen Wagener, Patty Wickman and Amir Zaki.

Works
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend, artists pictured L to R: Kazuo Kadonaga, Amir Zaki, Daniel Cheek, Katie Paterson, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
artists pictured L to R: Heather Rasmussen, Chris Garofalo, Todd Gray, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend, artists pictured L to R: Ahram Park, Ben Sanders, Corita Kent, Patty Wickman, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
artists pictured L to R: Zoe Crosher, Patty Wickman, Ellen Wagener, Kieran Dodds, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend, artist pictured Lucas Reiner, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend, artists pictured L to R: Gil Delindro, Robert Adams, Harold Mendez, Ken Gonzales-Day, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
artists pictured L to R: Zoe Crosher, Leonor Jurado, Tim Hawkinson, Charles Burchfield, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
 
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend,
Installation view of To Bough and To Bend, artist pictured Billy Joe Miller and Nathan Weick, photo: Robert Wedemeyer
Biographies
Robert Adams
Robert Adams (b. 1937) is a photographer who has documented the extent and the limits of our damage to the American West, recording there, in over fifty books of pictures, both reasons to despair and to hope. “The goal,” he has said, “is to face facts but to find a basis for hope. To try for alchemy.”
Miya Ando
Miya Ando is an American artist whose painting and sculpture articulate themes of perception and examine one’s relationship to time. Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and spent her childhood between a Buddhist temple in Japan as well as in rural Northern California. Her work pays homage to ancient techniques and ideas, fusing them with contemporary materials and forms. She often references historic literary texts and examines the idea that the fundamental nature of reality is that all constituent forms that make up the universe are temporary; a concept found in Buddhism as well as quantum physics.
Charles Burchfield
One of the most innovative artists of the 20th century, Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) continues to intrigue and inform the contemporary art world. His intensely personal, spiritualized view of the world resonates with artists who work in a variety of media, and his deeply felt, almost mystical sensibility has inspired curators and artists to revisit and reassess his many accomplishments. In 2009 Robert Gober organized a major retrospective for the Hammer Museum which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Pamela Burgess
Pamela Burgess is a visual artist living in Los Angeles whose work is motivated by a fascination with nature and its materials, and a reverence for craftsmanship. Her diverse practice of installations, drawings, and photography explores the concept, beauty, and meaning of landscape as seen through a personal lens. The transitory nature of life is the underlying theme of her work.
Daniel Cheek
Daniel Cheek is a photographic artist currently living in Tucson, AZ. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Arizona in 2013. Daniel’s work examines the ways people experience the world around us. Whether working in national parks or museums or his neighborhood, he is interested in looking for authentic experiences and the ways we directly interact with our surroundings. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. His work was part of a three person, fifteen venue, touring exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western Arts Federation.
Zoe Crosher
Zoe Crosher is an artist who works out of New York City. Most recently, she has been conceptually mapping and ‘pre-archiving’ L.A. and the troubled notion of the “West”, culminating in a solo exhibition of her Prospecting Palm Fronds work (bronzing fallen palm fronds collected from all around Los Angeles) at the Aspen Art Museum in 2017-2018. Her iterative and multi-faceted projects explore overlooked and forgotten histories, both real and manufactured, and concern the schism of photographic documentary—the interstice between the presumption and promise of truth and what that reality actually is. Crosher’s practice engages with this confusion, questioning the assumption of ‘The Real’, often collapsing and confusing fiction and reality.
Gil Delindro
Gil Delindro (1989) is a unique presence among a new generation of Sound and Media Arts. He has distinguished himself by the research on organic elements, ephemeral events and intangible processes in Nature. His trans-disciplinary practice is based upon film, installation, sound performance and site specific/field research, facing themes such as bioacoustics, animism, ephemerality and geology.
Kieran Dodds
Kieran Dodds (b. 1980) is a non-fiction photographer known for his research-driven photo stories and portraiture. His personal work considers the interplay of environment and culture, tracing global events through daily lives. Most recently, in the series Hierotopia we witness a new perspective on combating the ecological crisis, charting the role of ancient ideas on the protection of rural landscapes in northern Ethiopia. The work was awarded a Sony World Photography award and has been exhibited in LA, New York, London and Edinburgh.
Chris Garofalo
Chris Garofalo (b. Springfield, Illinois) creates ceramic sculptures that draw inspiration from plant and animal forms. Following extensive experience with printmaking and graphic design, Garofalo was introduced to ceramics. An avid gardener, she took quickly to the medium, finding the two things very similar, especially in smell (the clay and the dirt) and the condition in which both activities leave her hands. Inspired by watching the way plants grow, Chris Garofalo attends to the principle properties of development, but disregards traditional behavioral, environmental, genetic, and mating patterns to reimagine an evolutionary history of our planet filled with forms that are at once recognizable and unidentifiable.
Ken Gonzales-Day
Ken Gonzales-Day is a Los Angeles based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from lynching photographs to museum displays. His widely exhibited Erased Lynching series (2006), along with the publication of Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (2006), transformed the understanding of racialized violence in the United States and raised awareness of the lynching of Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, along with African-Americans, in California’s early history.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray (b. 1954, Los Angeles, CA) works in photography, performance and sculpture. Gray’s most recent photo works are comprised of photographs gathered from his own archive and recontextualized via their juxtaposition with one another and the use of antique frames as a structuring device. Gray’s work is “fluent in cultural iconography, driven by introspection, and steeped in issues of corporate politics and racial identity” (from Amy M. Mooney, Black Is, Black Ain’t curated by Hamza Walker ex. cat. The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2013.)
Tim Hawkinson
Tim Hawkinson’s idiosyncratic creations are meditations on nature, machines, mortality, the body and human consciousness. Since the 1980s, he has used common, found, and store-bought materials, as well as handcrafted objects and machines, to shift familiar subject matter into an unfamiliar place with off-kilter visual conundrums and conceits imbued with deeper meaning. His inventive works range in size from monumental kinetic and sound-producing sculptures to almost microscopic pieces created from such unassuming materials as fingernail clippings and eggshells. Driven by ideas, materials, and an interest in transformation, Hawkinson continues to create unlikely and thought-provoking associations by transforming common materials into works of art.
Leonor Jurado
Leonor is a visual artist and a university teacher. She holds a B.A from University of Missouri, Kansas City and an M.F.A in Photography and Fibers from University of Missouri, Columbia in the United States, where she lived for 17 years. Her work explores the photographic object using alternative materials and processes which address issues of precariousness and vulnerability in relationship to the body and nature. She currently resides between Quito and Los Angeles, California and is represented by García Squared Contemporary gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kazuo Kadonaga
Kazuo Kadonaga was born in 1946 in Ishikawa, Japan, and currently lives and works in the same prefecture. The artist descends from a forestry family, yet chose instead to pursue creative endeavors the late 1960s. Initially he explored painting, but in the early 1970s, Kadonaga eschewed the personal, artistic expression of his own hand, opting to examine processes which allow for his chosen materials to become their own self-representing subjects. His works expose the medium’s innate characteristics, which often determine the artwork’s final form. Although early on in his career he was impressed by the works of Arte Povera, Mono-ha and Process artists, Kadonaga soon developed a practice which deeply and systematically explored materials from the inside-out.
Corita Kent
Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism, and injustice. In 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston. After 1970, her work evolved into a sparser, introspective style, influenced by living in a new environment, a secular life, and her battles with cancer. She remained active in social causes until her death in 1986. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors, and innumerable public and private commissions.
Siobhan McDonald
Siobhán McDonald is an artist in residence in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin (2020-2023,) working with world-leading research facilities such as The European Space Agency (ESA); The JRC European Commission and The European Research Council to explore ecology in light of current ecological concerns. Across these research labs, she pursues knowledge to ask questions about the structure and history of the earth. Her art practice calls on notions of what is still unknown to science, exploring the Anthropocene and the recent consequences of our treatment of nature. She is interested in the changeable nature of landmass, historical events and their interconnection to time. In her studio, she works with a diverse group including historians and scientists. Her works manifest in many forms including painting, drawing, film and sound.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) lived in Lexington, Kentucky, where he made his living as an optician while creating an impressive and enigmatic body of photographs. Meatyard’s creative circle included mystics and poets, such as Thomas Merton and Guy Davenport, as well as the photographers Cranston Ritchie and Van Deren Coke, who were mentors and fellow members of the Lexington Camera Club. Meatyard’s work spanned many genres and experimented with new means of expression, from dreamlike portraits—often set in abandoned places—to multiple exposures, motion-blur, and other methods of photographic abstraction. He also collaborated with his friend Wendell Berry on the 1971 book The Unforeseen Wilderness, for which Meatyard contributed photographs of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. Meatyard’s final series, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, are cryptic double portraits of friends and family members wearing masks and enacting symbolic dramas.
Jarrett Mellenbruch
As a transdisciplinary artist with a public and socially engaged focus, Jarrett Mellenbruch’s creative inquiries result in a studio practice that integrates complementary disciplines into a concentrated conceptual and practical synthesis. He regularly explore ways to cross-pollinate work between fields, in particular between his lifelong passions for art, science and placemaking.
Harold Mendez
Los Angeles–based artist Harold Mendez brings together objects, images, and sounds—all with their own multiple and layered histories—culled from sites across the Americas and spanning from pre-Columbian times to the present. Transformed and reconfigured into poetic assemblages, they evoke the body’s connections to histories of violence and erasure on the one hand and renewal and remembrance on the other.
Billy Joe Miller
Billy Joe Miller is a interdisciplinary artist. He creates architectural interventions, performance and immersive environments in response to the natural world. Considering the present state of trauma to the natural environment and the global political landscape, Miller is particularly inspired to collaborate with vulnerable communities and natural environments to make installations, interventions and inclusive art spaces. He worked as a hospice nursing assistant for many years and has helped people through the process of dying. In 2010, he was diagnosed with MS, an experience that has motivated a concentrated and more radical approach to his work. From San Diego California, Billy Joe now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to his own artwork, Miller creates community-based projects, curates exhibitions and produces public art. His work has been supported by New Mexico Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Meow Wolf and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ahram Park
Ahram Park (b. 1986, Pusan, Korea) is an artist and climber based in Los Angeles, California. He studied economics at Kansas State University and earned an M.F.A from the University of California, Riverside. Park currently explores the natural world through intervention based practices. He serves as an instructor of photography at Chaffey College. Recently, his artworks have been exhibited at Et. Al gallery-San Francisco, rK Gallery-Berlin, Human Resources-Los Angeles, Riverside Art Museum, and the Corridor Gallery-Lawrence, Kansas.
Kate Parsons
Kate Parsons Kate is a video artist and educator living in Los Angeles. She obtained her M.F.A. in Media Arts from UCLA and an M.A. in Digital Art and Video from CSU-N. She is the co-founder of FLOAT, a VR/AR art studio, and founder of Femmebit, a video art festival and platform celebrating Los Angeles female artists working in video and new media. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and Communications Studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, and Instructor at Art Center College of Design. Much of Kate’s practice surrounds human connection, meaning-making and our relationships to the biological and environmental systems we inhabit. Her graduate studies involved research into the myriad ways humans mourn and express grief.
Katie Paterson
Katie Paterson (born 1981, Scotland) is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation. Collaborating with scientists and researchers across the world, Paterson’s projects consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. Her artworks make use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their natural environment. Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach, conceptual rigour and coolly minimalist presentation, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos.
Heather Rasmussen
Heather Rasmussen was born in Santa Ana, CA in 1982 and lives in Los Angeles. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 2007 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, CA in 2004. Rasmussen’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA (2015); California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (2015); and Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA (2012). Her work has been featured in thematic exhibitions such as Solar Flare, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance (2018); Input/Output, Sycamore Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (2014); Trouble with the Index, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (2014); Curious Silence, Brand Library & Arts Center, Glendale, CA (2011); 31 Women in Art Photography, Affirmation Arts Foundation, New York, NY (2010); and Salty Dog Bites the Hand, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA (2008). Rasmussen’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Lucas Reiner
Lucas Reiner has widely exhibited internationally and his work is represented in public and private collections, including the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the West Collection (Oaks, Pennsylvania, USA); Staatlichen Graphischen Sammlung (Munich, Germany); the Diözesan Museum (Freising, Germany); Colección Jumex (Mexico City, Mexico); and the American Embassy Collection (Riga, Latvia).
Ben Sanders
Ben Sanders is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. For Sanders, practices of gardening and cocktail-making hold as much value as a process-rich, finely rendered painting. Complementing his studio work is an enthusiastic, open-ended list of activities, materials and processes, inspired by the domestic and the designed. Whether facilitating highly curated social experiences involving food and beverages, or working with members of diverse, non-art communities, Sanders welcomes the influence of the everyday as a path towards meaning.
Tal Shochat
Tal Shochat was born in 1974 in Netanya, she currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. Her work has been exhibited at various international institutions including: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Herzliya Museum, Israel; Tel Aviv Museum; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Haifa Museum of Art, and most recently The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India. In 2005 she received the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture Prize For a Young Artist. Her works are included at major public and private collections, among them The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Shpilman Institute of Photography, Tel Aviv. In 2012 Shochat was honored with a solo exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
Ben Vance
Ben Vance is a VR veteran and director who explores art and design through emerging technology. He has worked with Electronic Arts, independent game studios, VR startups, museums, galleries, and with hummingbirds on back patios surrounded by succulents. He is a founding member of Glitch City, a pioneering art and game collective based in LA, and Buffalo Vision, his studio dedicated to games and interactive VR. His work has been shown worldwide at Sundance, IndieCade, NAB Shanghai, and TIFF. His thoughtful and surprising interaction design stem from a lifelong pursuit of fine art and button pushing.
Ellen Wagener
Over the years, Ellen Wagener has developed a penchant for certain areas and places, revisiting these sites to observe the changing crops, weather, time of day or season. She absorbs the characteristics of a location and recreates it anew on paper. Wagener’s landscapes demonstrate her awareness of the great tradition of landscape painting, from which she invents her own conceptual and stylistic approach.
Patty Wickman
Patty Wickman is a painter who creates haunting scenes—and we mean haunting in the old-fashioned sense: suffused with awe and transcendent mystery. She combines pictorial realism with two related concerns: close observation of human psychology and an abiding sense that psychology must be complemented by something else, something that can only be called spirituality.
Amir Zaki
Amir Zaki has an ongoing interest in the rhetoric of authenticity, as it is associated with photography as an indexical media. Simultaneously, he is deeply invested in exploring digital technology’s transformative potential to disrupt that assumed authenticity. However, his interest is not in utilizing digital trickery as illustration to undermine a photograph’s veracity. In fact, Zaki often creates hybridized photographs that carefully use the vocabulary of the documentary style so that the viewer’s belief in its veracity remains intact, at least initially. He constructs scenes that are somewhat off-register, ‘out of key’, and ever so slightly faux. He often uses the architectural and organic landscape of California as a subject, as it seems particularly appropriate to his process.