Nature Men

September 5, 2008

Two SVA alumni are moving into the autumn season with nature-themed exhibitions. Multimedia artist Steve DeFrank (MFA 1990 Fine Arts) has created a collection of idiosyncratic works for “Mirror, Mirror” at Margaret Thatcher Projects, 511 West 25th Street, September 11 – October 18. Using wood as the basic material for each of the pieces, DeFrank created both flat-panel pieces and 3D objects, all of which mix bold colors with earth tones and weave social and political commentary into a caricatured naturalism.

And Michael Combs (MFA 1996 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 1994 Illustration) has created a large-scale installation, “The Lodge” at Salomon Contemporary, 6 Plank Road, East Hampton, NY. Combs transformed the interior of the warehouse space into a surreal hunter’s lodge and camp, a full-scale wooden structure containing a series of sculptures and photographs. The exterior landscape features two sculptures: The Wish, a 10-foot ornamental aluminum cage containing a hanging albino buck made of carved wood, foam, resin, vinyl and pins; and Ages Three and Up, a carved carnivalesque children’s ride with an oversized swan decoy mounted on motorcycle springs. “The Lodge” is on view through Sunday, September 28.

Image: Steve DeFrank, Sugar Maple, 2007; courtesy of Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York.

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