From Paul Foeckler’s aptly-named Split Grain brand of sculptures comes a simplistic but wholly intriguing set of illuminating pieces, all of them carved from California cypress. The first of these wooden set pieces towers up with monolithic presence, peculiar notched spaces creating an almost runic appearance as they glow from a hidden power source. Yet another sculpture is supported by steel, forming a reticulated spine from the unique contours of the tree, transforming mere lumber into strange, fossilized remains on display. Both techniques not only serve to show the vivid patterns of the cypress, but a form of frozen vertical and horizontal movement that each tree might have had.


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Stephen is a Manhattan College graduate and Egan Award winner for short stories, holding a Bachelor's degree in English. He is easily distracted by tall buildings, and routinely gets lost in modern art museums and a wealth of Bronx hiking trails. Currently living in the quiet garden suburb of Queens, he also writes music and film reviews, and is presently working on publishing his own literary material.