Saturday, June 27, 2009


Image: Andrea Tree, film still from Sleeping Tree, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 7:30pm

Greater Reston Arts Center announces a celebratory event with artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto and filmmaker Andrea Tree for the year-long Sleeping Tree project. Turner-Yamamoto will sign his catalog documenting the installation of Sleeping Tree from its uprooting in Governor’s Square to its final installation as public art at Dogwood Elementary School. Filmmaker Tree accompanied the artist along the entire journey. Her sensitive work, with its original score, captures the community effort supporting this successful project.

Sleeping Tree was a long-term, collaborative endeavor connecting the artist and the arts center with a wide cross-section of people who donated their skills, equipment, and labor to make Turner-Yamamoto’s concept a reality.

Sleeping Tree is one of Turner-Yamamoto’s Global Tree Projects, site-specific installations he has mounted in India, Ireland, Japan, and now Virginia. Through these varied projects the artist offers viewers a new, more personal way to see trees. This particular project also offered the community unique opportunities to participate in public art by assisting the artist in transporting the tree, visiting the gallery to experience the installation first-hand, and viewing the tree in its outdoor setting where nature has taken over as the artist’s collaborator.

Throughout the project filmmaker Andrea Tree documented Turner-Yamamoto while he installed both the indoor and the outdoor exhibitions. Her twenty minute film is a rare view of an artist deeply absorbed in his own process, set to an original score by composer and pianist, Javier Ledesma.

The forty-eight page catalog, designed by the artist, chronicles the entire journey of the tree and features an essay by independent critic and curator, Sarah Tanguy. Copies will be on sale at the arts center.Catalogs are$25 non-members or $20 members.

12001 Market Street, Suite 103
Reston, Virginia 20190
Phone: 703.471.9242

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