When Trees Dream
Curated by Rina Yoon and John Schuerman
Do trees dream? In early evening trees speak to one another, it’s been shown, with a steady hum pulsing through below-ground fungal networks. You can hear them, the trees, whispering, crackling between the forest canopy and understory. It’s an alien language but communication nonetheless, as ancient as the stars. Trees are nature’s philosophers, and their dreams are as complicated as ours, if not more so.
In this exhibition, seven artists eavesdrop on dreaming forests, parsing the wisdom of trees from their dreams and wishes. They whisper in our ears and we listen—we listen quietly and carefully. What they find is not that trees are nature’s great loners but take part in an extensive symbiotic network of living things.
Artists whose works are on display:
Bob Erickson ￭ Marjorie Fedyszyn ￭ Kevin Giese ￭ Carolyn G. Halliday ￭ Mary Hood ￭ John Schuerman ￭ Rina Yoon
found object assemblage and digital media
Intaglio print with monotype and chine colle
Plate 24” dia, paper 30”sq, framed 31” sq
Artist made overbeaten abaca paper, pex tubing, Nymo thread
72” x 6” x 6” 2021 (7 individuals)
Steel, Copper, Brass, Animal Membrane, Hand knit wire
(variable) H 48” x W 32” x D 5”
"Deep in the Woods 65"
Altered Collaged Print
44” X 74”
36x13, oils on canvas
Rina Yoon and John Schuerman
"Homologies-1 (AZ)" through "Homologies-6 (AZ)
Found wood, hand coiled paper, crayon, graphite
Support for this exhibition was provided by:
- Revell-Dickerson Endowment
- Carol E. & Alan R. Bender Endowment
Operational support for the South Dakota Art Museum is provided by South Dakota State University and the South Dakota Arts Council.