Drawn From Nature

When 19 Sep 2015 - 21 Feb 2016
Where Asia Society
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
United States
Enquiry (713) 496-9901

The exhibit as a whole is beautiful, meditative and calming…”— Houston Press, September 2015

With ”Drawn From Nature,” curator Bridget Bray has compiled the center’s most breathtaking show yet, sparsely consuming the gallery with large works by four contemporary artists.” — Houston Chronicle, October 2015

Artists have been deeply influenced by nature for centuries, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Asia. Drawn from Nature brings together a group of contemporary artists for whom nature plays a pivotal role in the inspiration for, and execution of, their artworks. Sopheap Pich forms sculpture out of organic materials such as rattan, beeswax, bamboo, and burlap. The sculptures echo vegetal, geometric, and corporal forms while referencing his themes of time, memory, and the body. Mineko Grimmer’s sculptural sound installations position pebbles frozen with water into forms above wire and wood sculptures. As time passes in the gallery, the frozen mass slowly melts and the small stones fall upon the sculptures below, creating a visceral connection with the sounds of nature. Palden Weinreb uses his deep study of the geometry inherent in nature and its relationship to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to render ephemeral drawings and sculpture which give viewers a heightened sense of spatial awareness, and their relative position in the larger environment. The large-scale charcoal sculptures of Seon Ghi Bahk challenge viewers to consider the cyclical nature of the physical world. These artists are featured in Asia Society Texas Center’s first-ever exhibition dedicated to nature, allowing visitors to see its continuing impact as a source of artistic inspiration in the contemporary context.

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