Meditations on The Natural by Andy Moerlein
May 5 – June 6, 2021
Featuring: Guest Artists Mary Graham, Wen-hao Tien and JooLee Kang
25 max. Masks required, social distance expected.
Amazons Among Us
Featuring guest artists Trina Baker, Kledia Spiro & poet Melchor Hall
*All Events will be recorded and posted: andymoerlein.com.
of Bonsai West, Littleton, MA.
Other Special events in conjunction with this show:
First Friday opening May 7th 5p-8p & June 4th 5p-8p
The Art of Bonsai -- Bonsai in Art. May 5, 5 pm
Sijo Contest Poetry Reading. May 15th, 3pm
The Significance of Stone. May 27th, 7pm
The Philosophy and Practice of Cultivation.
June 3rd, 8 pm
On view May 5 to June 6, 2021, Andy Moerlein’s exhibition wood stone poem considers ancient traditions of reverence for nature. While contemporary culture is confident of our dominance, the pandemic has laid bare the global impact of natural forces beyond our control. As we grapple with our persistent pursuit of comfort and relentless consumption, is it possible to be a gentle partner on this earth? Moerlein’s sculptures invite meditations on The Natural.
The works featured are inspired by Moerlein’s fascination with ancient practice of collecting and displaying unusual and often awkward stones. Brought indoors and placed on pedestals, these stones (Scholars Rocks, Viewing Stones) are transformed into icons of personal or imagined journeys. These rocks have influenced philosophers and artists for thousands of years.
New to this exhibition are Moerlein’s tree forms. Eccentrically shaped sensual limbs entangle, embrace and support the artist’s “handmade” stones. Reminiscent of the choreographic balance of bonsai cultivation, these constrained and designed forms are both delightful and unsettlingly unnatural. Moerlein’s work shifts between a sense of complete control, and the awkward realization that things are totally wrong in his world.
Wood stone poem Meditations on The Natural by Andy Moerlein runs concurrently with Donna Dodson: Amazons Among Us. All events are free and open to the public with COVID -19 precautions in place.