This forest-filled room is comprised of discarded Christmas trees collected from local streets and tree lots. This charged symbol of the Christian holiday has its origins in pagan equinox traditions and ancient tree worship. Each year nearly 100 million of these trees are sold in the US and Europe, and as the new year rolls around, they are soon discarded. What better way to reflect and recover from 2015’s end and begin the new year than to wander quietly through a fragrant forest of reclaimed evergreens suspended in the air?
Suspended Forest has been shown twice previously in an unauthorized, unused space under the BQE along Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. Those installations were removed by the city within days. The exhibition at Knockdown Center, on view for a month, allows for a much different experience, less renegade and more meditative. Most importantly the duration of the installation gives time for the trees to shed their needles into halos on the smooth concrete floor below.
- Michael Neff's Suspended Forest, at the Knockdown Center, Queens