ArtBeat: Julie Anne Mann @ Lake George Arts Project
Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery is presenting “Intrinsic Nature“, a solo exhibition of new work by New York City artist Julie Anne Mann, who works with natural found materials – bones, feathers, seeds and seed pods – to create different series of works:
In ‘Mortifera’ she has reconfigured the bones, feathers, or wings of deceased animals to create new mutant, hybrid creatures. Each specimen is titled in Latin, reflecting its attributes, and reminiscent of Darwinian evolutionary samples.
‘Forest Portraits’ is a series of works in silver leaf that have been reverse-etched on walnut burl veneer.
Other works, like those in the series ‘Botanicals’, are created from large accumulations of seeds and pods. Some are threatening, as with “The Wood of Suicides”, a giant sphere of countless thorny water chestnut pods, an invasive aquatic plant, or “The Devil’s Sun”, which is constructed from hundreds of the barbed seed of the southwestern plant known as ‘devil’s claw’ or ‘wood spider’. A less ominous piece titled “A Thousand Wishes” contains thousands of fluffy dandelion seed heads.
The show opens Saturday, September 18 with an artist reception from 6-8pm and runs through October 22.