NATURAL ART WOOD CONSTRUCTIONS
The collaborative work Asay and Davis have done since 1983, consisting of installation sculptures, has attempted to bring viewers into direct, intense contact with the raw materials of nature. Since the early 1990’s they have also resumed making solid objects—spheres, boxes and towers—as a complement to the more conceptual installation pieces. These objects evolved out of the artists’ minimal approach and are still very much about the material. The randomness of their underlying arrangements derives from natural phenomena that appear to them particularly sculptural and visually sensuous—birds’ nests, beaver lodges, pack-rat middens, log jams. The act of trimming or grinding these random constructions into geometric shapes creates a state of clarity, a stripping away of excess and confusion, helping to reduce the distance between viewer and object.