Work from Understory featured in group exhibition at Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn.
May 12 - June 18, 2017
Opening Friday, May 12 7-9pm
Curated by Ashley Garrett; presenting works by Sharon Core, Valerie Hammond, Ruth Marten, Priscilla Fusco, and Deborah Masters.
Underdonk is pleased to present Nightjar, a show of five artists confronting human relationship with nature and animals. This relationship is rapidly changing as the ecosystem becomes increasingly hostile and threatening to both humans and animals. The exhibition explores the conceptual, spiritual, personal and investigative ways in which we can relate to the organic, natural world around us.
Sharon Core plants and grows the subjects of her photographs with her own hands. Having created a geodesic dome at her upstate studio, she explores the function and effect that long durational time can have on works of art. Planting, choosing and framing the contents of each photograph, Core is like a scientist as she moves all the way through form, even before it's inception. The resulting photographs embody both the literal "sottobosco" of the floral bed and it's ecosystem and references the 17th century Sottobosco painting genre (as in the work of Dutch painter Otto Marseus van Schriek). Core's photographs evoke a possessed, spatial presence in the woods, while a marginal world sets the stage for the darkening, deepening forest, from which slowly emerges an awareness of the delicate microworld of the forest bed.