Slippery Elm 1
Ink on Board
6 x 6 inches
Seedd Trees Series
BIO: Reinhard Reitzenstein was born in Uelzen, Germany. His work crosses several disciplines: indoor installation and sculpture, photography, digitally processed images; large scale drawings; outdoor tree-based installations and sound art. Reitzenstein has held over 100 solo exhibitions and participated in some 300 group exhibitions in North America and abroad. He has completed more than 25 public art commissions. His work is represented in over 50 public and corporate collections internationally, among those are, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario, Teutloff Collection, Bielefeldt, Germany, CONAC, Caracas, Venezuela, City of Pirkkala, Finland, Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA., Trilogy, Austin, TX, Tridel Corp.Toronto, City of Toronto Parks. He is currently an Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo and is the Director of the Sculpture Program. www.reinhardreitzenstein.com
STATEMENT: This drawing is part of an ongoing series that references seed trees. Seed trees are those left standing after clear-cut operations and are to provide new seeds for the regeneration of the forest area just cut down. Slippery #1 is part of a new suite of drawings that are an extension of the seed tree series, in this case chronicling the Carolinian Forest. Like many forest areas globally it is a forest under siege and my drawings, deliberately very small and delicate try and emphasize the vulnerability of this forest zone. Many of the Carolinian species are now extremely rare and restricted to tiny eco-niches.