Tansey Contemporary is pleased to present “Unfolding Presence”, a solo exhibition from assemblage artist Ran Adler on display beginning September 1st through September 25th at 652 Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM.
Drawn to elements of nature Adler uses a variety of organic materials - seedpods, horsetail reeds, mahogany pods, sea grapes and other found, natural components to create his works. Through a process of gathering, sorting, cutting, weaving, wiring and sometimes burning he explores the essence of repetition found in various religious cultures finding that his work has given him a way of meditation and intentional prayer. He explains:
“Art is often, for the artist, an exercise in personal growth. For me, as I work on the tapestry of my life story, I find the repetitive nature of my art to be a form of prayer and a path to strengthen my personal discipline.”
“Unfolding Presence”, Adler’s first solo show with the gallery, will include a selection of large and smaller installations exploring unique materials and themes. Viewers will experience works such as “Fishing at the River of Life” which, created from mahogany pods, lends itself to the movement of water, and a work featuring the poetry of Rumi inscribed with a wood burning pen. Each of his works reflect his meditative approach and evoke a sense of peacefulness and order. To encourage quiet contemplation the exhibition will also include various seating options handmade by the artist and intertwined with his works.
Ran Adler currently lives and works in Naples, Florida. Much of his work is heavily influenced from past experiences with nature. As a young boy, he would stand on the banks of the Missouri River and stare into the currents running to the main flow, sometimes rotating into furious whirlpools. Now, forty years later, it is in the natural elements that surrounded him as a child that form his works, representing the primal forces of wind and water. Adler’s works are in public and private collections across the United States and South America.