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2014 06 26_6777

Graft, Droid Shots, Washington, D.C., June 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



A half mile from the U.S. Capitol in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art stands a 45-foot high by 45-foot wide stainless steel tree, gleaming in the sun. Graft (2008–2009) by American sculptor Roxy Paine (part of the “Dendroid” series) is made from more than 8,000 components and weighs 16,000 pounds. When I leaned against her trunk and grazed the steeled bark, I was reminded of Deborah Butterfield‘s later work in which she adopted junk metal and industrial materials such as barbed wire, pipes, and fencing into her horse sculptures. She first composed Woodrow (1988) in pieces of wood, disassembled the sculpture, and reassembled the horse in bronze. The tension between the natural world sculpted in modern materials speaks to the time in which we live—tethered to our electronics, constantly seeking ground.


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Roxy Paine was born in 1966 in New York and studied at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and the Pratt Institute in New York. The artist has shown his other Dendroids on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), in the Olympic Sculpture Park (Seattle), and outside the Museum of Modern Art (Fort Worth, Texas). Read more about his work at his website.



2014 06 26_6778

Roxy Paine, Droid Shots, Washington, D.C., June 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, March 15th, 2015
-related to: WRITING TOPIC – TREES

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Woodrow, Minneapolis Minnesota, January 2008,photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Woodrow, Deborah Butterfield sculpture, bronze, 1988, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2008, all photos © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



I was thinking of Novelty Pets when I photographed this Deborah Butterfield sculpture at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden yesterday. When she created the sculpture in 1988, she named the horse, Woodrow.

The inscription on the plaque reads:


In the 1970’s I made horses out of real mud and sticks. They were, in part, meant to reflect how much a horse is part of his environment. I combined the figure and the ground.

–Deborah Butterfield


I also found the Horse Colors site. It has not been officially launched but is fun just the same. For all the horse lovers out there.



Butterfield Horse, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2008, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Just Horsin' Around (Snowball), Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2008,photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.    Just Horsin' Around (Snowball), Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2008,photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   

 Just Horsin' Around (Snowball), Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2008,photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   


-related links: Interview With Deborah Butterfield on Art!Space – Jackson Hole, Fall 2006, Deborah Butterfield Horses Grace Park Avenue Malls on NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Fall 2005

-related to post, White Elephants On Art

-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, January 6th, 2008

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