|Aaron Kramer (Gallery Two)
Birth... the end result is a delicate thing, but to get there takes time,
and is finalized in a powerful event. Nascent visually presents some of
these stages. Imagine... germinating and gestating seeds, pods, and
cocoons, waiting in an embryonic state. Kramer's sculptures are on their
way to an imaginary higher end.
The process begins with natural and man-made cast-offs. Kramer channels
the inner power of his chosen materials. Sometimes, they've been
sitting in the studio for years. Or, he might be walking his dog and see
something in an alleyway, sparking an idea from an individual find.
Medium and composition work in tandem. Visualization of a group of
found objects, or a single small piece conceives something fresh. He
savors the journey - the act of art making is a maze to wander.
A great example is a major work in the show -- Grub -- it's a large
scale, curved shape, almost like a backwards C. It's two-thirds street
sweeper bristles and one-third coffee stirrers. These materials are
woven onto an armature individually, as if the wood is slowly being
transformed into metal or visa versa. A continual metamorphosis is
presented via a stationary sculpture.
Another yet untitled work is a grouping of found honey boxes linked to
each other. This body is about ten feet long, and the boxes together
undulate a bit like a snake or river path. At one end is a vintage
Victrola cone speaker, and at the other are altered found object wood
forms. The essence of this piece is strange and compelling. Maybe it's
a giant larva, about to change into a dragonfly from a parallel future.