Ran Adler’s show “Unfolding Presence” opens at Tansey Contemporary on September 1 and consists of large and small installations of assembled pieces made out of unusual natural materials, including mahogany pods and horsetail rush.
Adler, who lives and works in Florida, has taken thorns from an acacia tree and formed a 25 foot-long installation along several gallery walls. “The thorns look like wings, and when I put them together it looks like a swarm of birds in flight,” he says.
This bird-like installation meets another one made out of pear-shaped mahogany pods gathered from the base of mahogany trees. Adler has drilled holes in the pods and wired them together with fishing line and fishing crimps to make a water feature that looks like a school of fish.
“What I’ve done is create a bird and water environment in the gallery space,” Adler adds. “I hope to inspire people to want to create this kind of environment in their own homes.”
Much of Adler’s work is influenced from past experiences with nature when, as a young boy, he would stand on the banks of the Missouri River and stare into the currents running to the main flow. Forty years later, the natural elements that surrounded him as a child and represent the primal forces of wind and water are at the root of his work.
A new artistic direction for Adler involves taking apart old baskets and seeing what happens when he puts their components together with rusty welding wire he’s collected through the years.
“I have a love of things impermanent, things from nature that are wearing,” he explains. “These things have stories behind them. I value their stories.”