Helix, an installation by John Day made with salvaged tree branches and digital prints of forest details from parks and preserves in the northeast US, is on view at the Glenwood Gallery, Glenwood Landing, NY. Helix makes a statement about the natural world, commenting on our fragile relationship with nature, and on journeying within, experiencing and confronting wilderness. The more than 200 digital images from forests in the northeast are brought together in the installation, tied to the branch structure in a helix pattern and referencing the many locations where the images came from.
Helix is constructed with 300 dead tree branches collected from local preserves in Long Island and measures 10 feet in diameter by 9 feet high. Its spiral shape allows people to walk inside the structure to its center, viewing the many close up images of forests. The work refers to journeying, where the traveler encounters phenomena that pass into the distance and remain in memory.
The artist has developed installations in natural and manmade spaces using materials that are found in the region. These materials may consist of branches, tree fragments, vines, reeds, other natural objects, digital prints, and video. The installations vary in size and are usually temporary. Recent installations were exhibited in the Steinberg Museum at LIU Post, the Wallace Gallery at SUNY Westbury, Rush Arts Gallery NYC, Dumbo Arts Festival and Great Neck Arts Center.
Helix is on view from:
August 7 through September 16
Glenwood Life Center
71 Grove St., Glenwood Landing, NY
Gallery is open 9:30am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Other hours and weekends by appointment
Reception: Friday, August 25, 6-8pm