(sorry about the weird glare on some works)
Erik Oost: Pine Barrens
April 4 - May 9, 2009
"Erik Oost's newest body of work reflects his unique obsession with encountering, imagining, and interpreting natural phenomena. In these lush and layered abstract paintings, Oost takes cues from naturalists Tom Brown, Jr. and Dick Proenneke, who have both relied on their natural surroundings to survive. Brown, whose controversial story is undocumented, claims to have wandered years at a time in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, subsisting on foraging and hunting. Proenneke spent thirty years alone in the Alaskan wilderness. Brown credits his survival to a patient, peripheral awareness, through which he observes subtle, often useful events and casual connections. Oost links this mode of observation to his own practice of abstract image making..."