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Roxy Paine explores nature, folklore and geometry in his latest exhibition

May 5, 2017

Olivia Martin

Embers glow and flicker amid the hyperrealistic charred polyester resin and fibreglass trees, the light intentionally dim. It’s as if you have stumbled upon a suspended moment in time; a forest is hazy in the distance. Within seconds, artist Roxy Paine captivates with his new work Desolation Row on view as part of his two-venue exhibition at New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery.


A semi-hybrid between Paine’s tree-like Dendroid series and his dioramas, Desolation Row condenses a half-mile viewpoint of a burned down forest into seven feet. ‘I’ve always been interested in our relationship to nature — how it affects us and how we obsessively alter nature and seek to control it,’ Paine says. ‘To me it’s a very melancholy piece. It’s dealing with the aftermath. Is this fire manmade? Is it because of how we have altered the planet? Is it just a natural fire?’


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