Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce Randy West bird rabbit snake, a selection of photographic pigment-ink prints that explore the inner architectural structure of birds’ nests and the natural, woven building materials that comprise them. West executes the majority of his photo projects as series with marked attention to the form, material, and tactile quality of his subject— in this case the relevance of each blade of grass that make up the nests.
The title bird rabbit snake is drawn from the title of a children’s poem written by the artist which playfully hints to the motivation for this series—the shapes and lines animals create by their movements in the open fields and skies near his home in upstate New York. bird rabbit snake consists of two interconnected chapters: Reconstructions and Blades of Grass. In Reconstructions, West physically pulls apart the interlocking fibers from abandoned birds’ nests, scanning the deconstructed nest as fibers are removed. The nest is “reconstructed” as West superimposes these images onto one another, layering the images digitally.