by Laura Hutson
I took some pictures of Roussel's installation over the weekend, and I've posted them below. The "Lifes of Grass" sculptures are definitely the show-stoppers, but the carbon paper cut-outs and small pots of grass are also must-sees. The jars of human-plant fluids is interesting and well-conceived, and the red watercolor paintings are pretty but the exhibit would be just as strong without them. I was on my way to see "Homo Arboretum," the outdoor sculpture that the paintings are studies for, but I got rained out. I'll post some pictures of it when I go back, because it looked really great from a distance.
The plant-based work is meant to change and decay during the time it's at the gallery, so repeat viewing is the way to go. The exhibit is up through May 13, and I'll be writing a feature on Roussel in an upcoming issue of the Scene.