Ann McCoy

  • picks August 09, 2018

    Katherine Bauer

    The gallery visitor enters an enchanted forest of daturas (aka devil’s trumpets) and moonflower vines, which magically bloom in the night hours. Artist Katherine Bauer grew them in an upstate greenhouse this year. These plant species are often associated with shamans, witches, and lunar rituals. In alchemical literature, plants grown in moonlight are said to have transformational powers. Here, they intertwine—poetically, physically—with the history of cinema. Vine tendrils have laced themselves into the sprocket holes of 35-mm filmstrips suspended from the ceiling. They fall like astral rays