Barrister's Gallery
New Orleans


Ryan Burns
three tree stump rubbings

"Also on the walls at Barrister's are some experimental prints by Ryan Burns that are actually rubbings of old growth tree stumps. Using waste paper, Burns tooled around Oregon in an ambulance converted to run on discarded cooking oil from restaurants and doughnut shops, making rubbings of the stumps of trees cut by logging companies.





Some of the waste paper he used for the rubbings included architectural plans and billboard fragments. The largest was 10 feet across, corresponding to the 9-foot diameter stump of a tree estimated to be some 600 years old when it was logged.





Burns says his project is designed to encourage a dialogue about our passive acceptance of this sort of mindless destruction."

6-8-04 Gambit Eric Bookhardt







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