Garvey|Simon Art Access;
through April 16.
In Herron Associate Professor
David Morrison's colored pencil drawings you see leaves and curled bark,
detached from any mooring, against a white paper backdrop. You might be
fooled into thinking for a brief moment that you're looking at
real objects when looking at his drawings. That's because the details
— such as in "Fallen Leaf Series: No. 1" — are so stunningly
rendered. You see here the desiccated leaflets of a single leaf,
still green and bulging with veins, curling inward on a curved red stem like a
ballerina arching her body backwards. And the trompe l'oeil shadow, drawn on the paper itself, adds to the
impression that there's a real leaf within the frame.
Such drawings leap beyond
photorealism into the anthropomorphic at least partly, I think, because
the leaves are portrayed in a preliminary state of decomposition
that echoes the impermanence of all living things.
Elsewhere in the gallery (at
knee level) the imperfection, if not the inherent mortality, of nature is
incorporated into the furniture making of fellow Hoosier Donald Mee who works
with reclaimed wood in combination with welded steel. His "Truss Series bench"
is composed of an irregularly shaped slab of reclaimed oak that is cracked,
knotted and supported by an arch of welded steel — a harmonious blend of
natural and human design.