Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 | 1:30 p.m.
I have a friend whose art collection includes found objects in nature. A piece of driftwood, carved, sanded and otherwise manipulated by the elements, makes for an amazing minimalist piece. So I was eager to see Zak Ostrowski’s solo show, specimen dissection, in which the artist creates dynamic abstract sculptures that maintain natural characteristics but incorporate his artistic style.
- SPECIMEN DISSECTION
- Through Oct. 14
- Clark County Government Center’s Rotunda Gallery, 455-7030
The merging of man-made and the natural results in stylistic painted wood on metal bases, redwood—chiseled, carved and sanded—“floating” on a metal bar, biomorphic forms inspired by caves and multispecies woods on metal rods resembling a minimalist cityscape.
Ostrowski researched exotic wood and deforestation, finding recycled remnants—red heart, purple heart, spalted tamarind, cocobolo, Jamaican blue mahoe, sea hibiscus—to put nature, its history and its future on a pedestal in an enchanting exhibit.