Louise Alexander Gallery/AF PROJECTS

Los Angeles, AF Projects 14/09/2019 — 12/10/2019
Robert Gunderman, This End, September 14 – October 12 2019

This End
September 14 – October 12 2019

The title refers to the moment when we recognize the end of something, and experience the uncertain void of the other side. The German Forester Peter Wohlleben recognized the behavioural characteristics of trees, and how they nurture and communicate with each other. Not unlike some humans, trees care for others within their communities. For the last 10 years, I have lived on a Condor Sanctuary in a national forest. I care for about 1000 trees on our property. The paintings I’ve made here often give organisms and elements human characteristics, as with Our Sun, having a human face and fingers. The British biologist Rupert Sheldrake has discussed the idea of Morphogenetic Fields, that nature consists of “evolving habits”, not “fixed laws”, and that there’s a “memory in nature”. Sheldrake proposes that Morphogenetic Fields contain inherent memory from previous similar systems, that genes simply house protein, and “form” is inherited some other way. The bifurcated paintings address an interest in this sense of memory, and like the earlier paintings from the last show at there-there, simultaneously attempt to convey separate notions of time. The work also stems from a strong interest in late 19th and early 20th century French painting, specifically Les Nabis and Symbolism. The large orange painting being a reference to Redon’s The Cyclops, and Homage a Goya, 1885. In short, everything as we know it is alive and has what we deem human character, earth-time’s collapsed, and there are portals I’ve found that provide access to anyplace we’d like to go. – Bob Gunderman, Fall 2019