san-francisco

Nancy Graves

Reese Palley Gallery

Nancy Graves came to San Francisco to teach a summer session and while here she constructed an elaborate thicket of fantasy plant forms. The stems are of structural steel rods, generally erect though in a couple of cases they zigzag like a staircase, perhaps simulating a climbing model. Each plant form is divided into leaves, tendrils, flowers, nuts, shells, bones, pods—too many on each stem to approximate anything we know on this planet; such an otherworldly place would have a botany of several sexed plants. The thicket entitled Variability and Repetition of Variable Forms is mounted in the Reese Palley Gallery’s new, large, and utterly white (floor, ceilings and all) space. The forms were too close together to handily enter, but it was possible to tentatively enter a half pace to examine the true nature of the central members. The experience was a bit like being inside a world of Klee

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