Hostler Burrows is pleased to announce Forest Primeval, an inaugural group exhibition that marks the official opening of its Los Angeles gallery, running February 10 through March 21, 2020. A Champagne Reception co-hosted by Sarah Harrelson, Founder of Cultured and LALA Magazine, and Jennifer Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/, will be held on Friday, February 14, from 12 to 3 pm.

Since humankind’s earliest creative endeavors, the natural world — its expansive beauty and mystery — has been a constant source of inspiration for artistic expression. From the time of the 40,000-year-old Sulewesi cave drawings, humans have traced, recorded, and paid homage to their complex relationships with nature and the deeply personal and spiritual connections it fosters — the way it holds us in a much larger existential context. Many millennia on, we continue to draw from this seemingly infinite source even as we witness the ravages of global warming. This exhibition explores our dependence on nature, less for the tangible resources which have thus far sustained our physical beings, and more for the way it feeds our creative, philosophical and intellectual spirits.

The exhibition takes its title from the opening line of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem Evangeline (1847), in which the poet softened his bleak account of the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755 with reverential narrative of the beauty of the natural world. This exhibition similarly asks us to pause and consider the old growth, the ancient roots and gnarled markers that tie us to place, the forests primeval from which we draw comfort and inspiration.

The exhibition includes works by: Jasmin Anoschkin, Richard Filipowski, Frida Fjellman, Gal Gaon, Donna Green, Babs Haenen, Grefmar Hederström, Sakari Kannosto, Veera Kulju, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Pekka Paikkari, Paul and Paul, Heini Riitahuhta, Kristina Riska, John Shea, Anat Shiftan, Kim Simonsson, Ohad Tsfati, and Eva Zethraeus.