Krista Birnbaum CURB APPEAL

February 28, 2014 – April 12, 2014 Gracie R. Cavnar Gallery

In the same way that much of Houston is carefully planted, then neatly trimmed around houses, sidewalks, and trees, Krista Birnbaum’s CURB APPEAL fits hedges, trailing vines, and decorative grasses into the structure of the gallery. Using artificial plants, paper cutouts and printed photographs to stand in for living foliage, the installation references the careful maintenance of a year-round growing season into minimalist, geometric form. Photographic and sculptural elements mirror each other, repeating the pleasant constraints placed upon urban nature.