On frequent hikes along the Tuscarora Trail in the mountains of northwestern Virginia, artist, designer and inventor, Tim Maloney, found himself drawn to and fascinated by the shapes of tree branches and fallen sticks he noticed along the way. By using selected examples of these anthropomorphic forms, Maloney has created sculptures which suggest sublime totemic figures. Often stripped of their bark, these nude and semi-nude atavistic presences speak to the mysterious spirit and endurance of the natural world. They haunt, tease, urge and tempt us to imagine life forces beyond the ken of our ordinary lives and concerns, encouraging us to pause and wonder.
Paintings in the exhibition are of a piece with the sculptures as they contain natural and sometimes whimsical, light hearted gestures and representations of flora and fauna that at once swim or float across the canvasses. They are reminiscent of dream states in which shamanic animals and forms seek to contact the conscious mind of the dreamer.
Having played a prominent role in the creation of the solar energy industry from the time of its infancy in the 1970’s onward, Tim Maloney has most recently consulted with the Lakota Sioux on energy efficient housing and education projects for the advancement of new forms of alternative energy resources. The pieces in this show have arisen out of the artist’s belief in natural solutions to the world’s energy crisis and global warming.