Frankenstein Tree by Ai Weiwei
Roots and Branches
Mary Boone Gallery, Chelsea NYC. Ends ends 23 December 2016
What it is:
A 25' tree, made from huge chunks of several other dead trees, by the Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei.
Why it matters:
I'm sure there's some deeper and specific meaning for Ai Weiwei (a huge human rights/political activist) - but last week I was just looking for 2 things: any feeling of hope for the future AND (simultaneously) a 100% break from all forms of news and politics.
And this is it: something far bigger than me, far older than me, and "reunited" from dead pieces of different species of trees. It's distracting, hopeful, dead, weird.... pretty dang perfect.
P.S. There are a total of 4 Ai Weiwei exhibitions right now in New York, if you're ready to dive a bit deeper politically etc - here's the other three:
- More pieces of different trees, but NOT assembled, and made out of rusted cast iron (located just down the street here)
- THOUSANDS of clothing items from real refugees, now arranged like a flea market (in SoHo here)
- Broken tea pots on the floor (uptown here).
Ai Weiwei @ Mary Boone Gallery, 541 W 24th St, NYC. --->Link
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