Cate McQuaid’s recent review of Linda Leslie Brown: Chimeric exhibit

What’s up in Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Globe Correspondent

July 16, 2013


Tree-like sculptures

Linda Leslie Brown has built something monstrous yet strangely domestic at Kingston Gallery. “Chimeric,” her installation there, features three large tree-like sculptures fashioned from found objects, quartz crystals, metal, wood, and paper clay. They rise and writhe from the floor, standing precariously on odd little pronged feet, glowing in a pale, lichen-colored green. They rise to funnels, from which live plants spring.

Similar but smaller wall pieces surround them, these clearly emerging from kitchen utensils built into them — a pasta spoon, a spatula. They curve, protrude, and swivel, like plant life growing to accommodate its environs.

Great lengths of Spanish moss sway throughout, languidly draping from one object to the next, rising to the ceiling, falling to the floor. The whole feels partly like a patch of jungle, with its unruly greenery, and partly like a canopy for a wedding, complete with wedding gifts embedded in the structure.

Brown dices and splices, joining the stuff of civilization with the wild’s unpredictability. Her title suggests a chimera, the mythological mutant comprising several different beasties. Bringing in her kitchen items, she seems to tame her creation. This is an enchanting installation; I wish it were a little more big and frightening.

Installation view: Chimeric

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