LOST PINES AT LORA REYNOLDS GALLERYSEPTEMBER 17-NOVEMBER 12, 2022
360 Nueces, Suite 50, Austin, Texas 78701
EVENTS AT THE GALLERY
Opening Reception, Saturday, September 17, 6-8PM
Book Sigining, Cassette Release and Live Performance, Friday, October 21 Time TBA
Lost Pines maps a unique territory of interconnections between personal and ecological loss.
In 2011, a 32,000-acre fire blazed through Bastrop County, Texas, which claimed much of the Lost Pines Ecosystem, an area of isolated loblolly pine trees. A hundred miles due East of Bastrop, loblollies towered over the site of another fire that claimed my grandfather’s life in Magnolia, Texas.
The exhibition unfolds like a story within a story. A stack of boxes is pictured on the forest floor. I recovered those boxes from my grandfather’s trailer. The polaroids on the wall came from those boxes. I recently developed a roll of film I shot twenty years ago in Magnolia at the time of my granddad’s death.. Black and white images ranging in size of the Lost Lobblolly Pines burnt in Bastrop serve as a container for this personal story of loss.
As you round the installation, the last image before you start again was taken just last year. Flowers are flourishing among robust new growth on the forest floor.
There is a cycle of life, death, grief, and reconciliation.