Current
Exhibitions

JAN 23–MAR 17, 2019

MARÍA ELENA GONZÁLEZ: TREE TALK

María Elena González, Bark Framed #5, 2012.
María Elena González, Bark Framed #5, 2012.

María Elena González

Bark Framed #5
2012
Birch bark, permanent ink, ink on cardboard, 40 1/2 x 32 1/4 in.

This exhibition marks the culmination of Tree Talk, a series of work developed over 10 years by internationally recognized Brooklyn and Bay-Area based artist María Elena González.

Exploring the translation between the physical and the acoustical, Tree Talk investigates the unexpected visual parallels between the bark of birch trees and cylindrical player piano rolls. González transcribed the distinctive bark pattern from three birch trees found at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and each tree produced unique individual compositions for player piano rolls. Related drawings, prints, video, and sound installation are featured in the exhibition, demonstrating González’s interest in both representations of sound as well as sound as a sculptural material. Programming during the exhibition will include a live performance featuring Mills music students using drawings of the tree bark as graphic scores.

María Elena González, T3#2 (detail), 2018
María Elena González, T3#2 (detail), 2018

María Elena González

T3#2 (detail)
2018
Graphite, sharpie, gouache, ink jet on vellum 40 in. x 53 ft.

María Elena González is a Cuban American artist best known for her sculptural installations informed by architecture and personal experience. In 1999, González received widespread acclaim for her site-specific sculpture Magic Carpet/Home, commissioned by the Public Art Fund. She has been a visiting critic in Sculpture at the Yale University School of Art, a resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and a visiting artist faculty member at The Cooper Union. She is currently Associate Professor at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is also the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, the Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Creative Capital Foundation Grant.