"Canopies" includes the work of Kimberly Clark, Eric Elliott, Tamblyn Gawley & Evelyn Woods.
As we generally use the word, canopy connotes a covering, like an awning or a blind. In this show however, it refers to that somewhat permeable cover that trees provide for large creatures as well as lower growing plants that in turn provide cover for smaller beasts and insects too.
Evelyn Woods presents a very complete description of her subject; it is her intention to evoke the presence of trees with such clarity that you can almost smell them. But in the work of Eric Elliott you need to really look for a moment to see the foliage. Then the sense of space, volume, and breathable air makes itself known. It is the sense of an abstract whole that appeals in the work of Tamblyn Gawley. She assembles multiple small panels, each with a minutely rendered portion of a tree, to form a whole allowing the viewer to see the abstraction prior to the tree. For Kimberly Clark, the canopy is of less interest than the volume of space it encloses. She makes looking up tangible and invites the viewer to appreciate the space and breathe the air.
Eric Elliott's work is shown courtesy of James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA.