Daniel Duford: Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time

Daniel Duford:
Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time

September 21, 2019 ​– ​March 15, 2020

For the exhibition Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time, Daniel Duford looks to Gary Snyder’s poem The Way West, Undergroundto explore new narratives about our relationship to the natural world. In the stories Duford tells through his narrative painting and prints, the renewal of natural resources is a means of resistance to dominant narratives that value the destruction of nature for the sake of growth and civilization. He portrays the Earth as a living entity with the power to regenerate and survive over time. Treating the landscape as an essential character in the work, Duford develops the concept of “tree time,” or the slow perception of tree growth as a model for a longer narrative arc in the story of the North American landscape, potentially over centuries.

This exhibition was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Cassandra Coblentz.


Daniel Duford: Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time (installation view), 2019-20; Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA. Photo: Juliana Paciulli.
Daniel Duford, Underworld, Underground Railroad (installation view), 2019; watercolor on paper; 36 x 45 inches, each; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Juliana Paciulli.
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