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The Friendly Falcons and Their Friend the Snake

Songs to Plants
Sunroom Project Space | September 13–October 16, 2011

Songs to Plants, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.

Artists Jeffrey Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, known as The Friendly Falcons and Their Friend the Snake, build multi-layered narrative environments using sculpture, drawing, music and performance. They create contemporary folklore that describes universal emotions and the human condition by combining stylized landscapes, natural phenomena and personified animals. They have transformed the Sun Porch into an installation set for Songs to Plants, a project that was initiated during their 2011 Winter Workspace residency at Wave Hill. The work explores the tension between the fundamental rhythms of life and the ordered systems that humans design to make sense of these rhythms. It evokes the emotional and sensory experience one feels when communing with nature.

For Songs to Plants, the artists have created a geometric pine forest with sculpture, natural light and music. Hybrids and abstractions of flora and fauna, the sculptures in the space are symbolic timepieces that serve as a meditation on time and the delicate balance found in the natural world. In their hydroponic system, a plant drips water onto a snare drum, functioning as a closed-circuit metronome that keeps an irregular tempo. A scale made of a felled branch attempts to balance blooming flowers on one side with a vulture on the other. The talons of the bird in this sculpture have grown long and take root in the ground. By transforming decay into sustenance, the vulture completes a cycle in the cosmic order. Another wooden sculpture integrates details of both a plant and campfire, representing the simultaneous possibility for growth and destruction. An accompanying musical score expresses a desire to harmonize with nature.



Songs to Plants, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.

Winter Workspace Program 2011
Glyndor Gallery | February 15–March 27, 2011

The Friendly Falcons and Their Friend the Snake (Jeffrey Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier) build multi-layered narrative performances using sculpture, drawing and music. They make site-specific contemporary folklores that express universal emotions and human struggles by combining picturesque landscapes, natural phenomenon, and personified animals. The Falcons are creating a sculptural installation that incorporates both music they write and perform with found sound to weave a story related to Wave Hill. Their project will be exhibited in the Sunroom Project Space from September 13 to October 16, 2011. Kurosaki was born in Honolulu, HI, and Pelletier was born in Hartford, CT. They met in graduate school in the MFA program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and have been collaborating as The Friendly Falcons since 2006. 

                           The Friendly Falcons in their Winter Workspace studio, 2011.  Courtesy of the artists. 

In the Belly of the Bear, 2010

In the Belly of the Bear, 2010, wood, acrylic paint, foam, construction paper, wooden dowels, instruments, 102 x 106 x 112 feet. Courtesy of the artists. 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.