Jeremy Holmes spent 2 1/2 days earlier this month unspooling a coil of hardwood to fill the size of a gallery. It arcs down from the ceiling, ricochets off the walls, scoops up off the floor, and dances in great loops about the room.
You may ask: A coil of hardwood? Indeed. Holmes works with hardwood veneer — cherry, in the case of his exuberant installation at Lanoue Gallery. He soaks the thin planks in water to soften them up. The artist bends the sodden planks and clamps them until the moisture seeps out and the wood holds its form.