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Larry Bamburg, BurlsHoovesandShells on an Acrylic Rake, 2013, wood burls, animal hooves, turtle shells, mollusk shells, acrylic, 105 x 42 x 40 1/2".

Larry Bamburg

Simone Subal Gallery

Larry Bamburg, BurlsHoovesandShells on an Acrylic Rake, 2013, wood burls, animal hooves, turtle shells, mollusk shells, acrylic, 105 x 42 x 40 1/2".

At the edges of Larry Bamburg’s recent show of works made this year were two sculptures composed of the rounded deformations that sometimes appear on tree trunks—burls. Having sawed the burls from their tree host, Bamburg has stacked them, one by one, to form slender and precarious columns that reached nearly to the gallery’s ceiling, and then augmented these constructions with mollusk and turtle shells and animal hooves. The results are earthy edifices that recall the work of idle campers, or cairns marking a hiking path. Yet the slapdash nature of the works belies the challenges inherent to their construction: Setting out to build the structures as tall as possible using the materials at hand, Bamburg forced himself into an exercise in problem solving, into making a series of pragmatic decisions determining how the lumps of one burl could best fit together with the grooves

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