In his latest project, No 1-60 Dennis Lin presents the tree as an archive of its former living self. He saved a maple tree from the mill and in turn, archives and preserves for others to carefully examine and observe from a distance. It is an inspiring tale, as the tree unfolds its life and death. Lin hangs the sixty, three-inch slabs in sequence; all numbered and tagged with a brass plate. Each piece is debarked and sectioned into cookies, sanded, oiled and waxed.
He is known for his thoughtful engagement with the natural world and his careful treatment evokes his deep respect for its purity. "To see the sections of the tree is to wonder how it grew, how it lived and how it died," says artist Dennis Lin. "I've cataloged this tree out of my own curiosity and to make it accessible for others to question how this organism came into being."
The exhibition runs until March 5th, 2010.
Artist: Dennis Lin | Exhibiting at Fourty-Seven | Photo courtesy of Derek Flack