Jennifer Trask - New Work
Left: Jennifer Trask, Effloresce, 2013, bone, antler, teeth, gesso, quartz, found 18th and 19th century wall sconces, 57" tall
Right: Jennifer Trask, Encroachment, 2013, wood, gold leaf, gesso, found objects (18th century frame fragments), bone, antler, calcium carbonate, druzy quartz, teeth, resin, mica, 32" x 24" x 7"
Artist Talk and Opening Reception with Jennifer Trask
Lisa Sette Gallery is pleased to announce its debut exhibition with artist Jennifer Trask. Unfurling from the architecture, emerging out of corners and walls, the artist's wild conflagrations of ghost-pale flowers, frames, branches and vines look as though they could have sprouted from an enchanted seed. From their mysterious materials to their exponentially multyiplyig ornament - bone-white bouquets, crowding around a frame or climbing along the wall - Trask's objects emit an unmistakable air of magic.
Trask began her career as a maker of small objects: her carved-bone works could be worn as jewelry. In the last decade her work has expanded in size and scope; a single sculpture can take Trask eight months to construct, and the artist’s processes are as varied and laden with meaning as the materials she employs: the manipulation of bone, woodcarving and gilding, still-life and furniture making.
Trask practices a singular kind of alchemy: She could tell you the number of days peroxide-cured deer antler must dry in the sun at her Hudson Valley home, or the solution of vinegar in which one might soak a python’s rib in order to make it pliable enough to form the pinprick of a chrysanthemum petal.
But these crafts are, for Trask, secondary to her completed works’ true achievement: a sense of wonder at the vast proliferation of the natural world. According to Trask, “That’s what I’m trying to claim when I go into the studio. I want to make something that I believe could be real, something that could have happened on its own.”
Lisa Sette Gallery maintains a very active exhibition schedule, mounting approximately 10 exhibitions a year ranging in theme and genre. For nearly 30 years, the gallery has been committed to showcasing a range of contemporary photography, sculpture, painting, installation and performance art.