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Buckey stump     Polster barks 

The Addison Street Windows Gallery presents "The Line of Questioning," a mixed-media installation by Janet Delaney and Laurie Polster, from December 8, 2008 – January 17, 2009. This exhibition incorporates Delaney’s large-scale photographs with Polster’s sculptural composition. A sidewalk reception will be held on: 

 Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 6-8pm

The exhibition is free, wheelchair accessible, and on view 24 hours a day.

The installation incorporates text with Janet Delaney’s large-scale photographs, made in parks and forests throughout the United States and Central America, and Laurie Polster’s sculptural elements composed of tree limbs, bark, and organic material. The image/text relationship creates a layered surface from which to reflect on questions raised within the project. 

This exhibition draws on the primordial nature of trees as a metaphor for ecological and social sustainability. Trees stand as a living testimony that record the passage of time, frame the present, and provide a window into the future. Juxtaposing evocative, striking visuals with two disparate, resonant stories — the collapse of Easter Island and the rise of catastrophic forest fires — "The Line of Questioning "raises critical issues about the ideology and mythology that affect our relationship to the natural world. 

Janet Delaney earned her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. The power of change and adaptation is a theme that runs consistently throughout her work. Delaney’s photography has been published and exhibited nationally, and for the past eight years she has been a full time lecturer in photography in the Visual Studies Program in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Laurie Polster is a cross-disciplinary, multi-media artist, vocalist/musician and art educator. By juxtaposing and paring elements down to their most essential, her work questions issues of balance/imbalance and inherent structural and symbolic functionality.  Over the past 25 years her work in installation, sculpture, performance, music and sound design, and visual/textual pieces has paralleled her engagement in education, social justice and ecological issues. Her installations and sculptural projects explore issues relating to culture, memory, and natural phenomenon. She has taught throughout the Bay Area, K-12 through college levels, and is a consultant in art education, currently working on projects with SFMOMA and coaching arts integration in Oakland Unified School District. 

The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission. For information about the exhibition please contact For more information about Janet Delaney at www.janetdelaney.com.   For information about the Windows Gallery please contact the curator of the Addison Street Windows at (510) 981-7546, or Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533.


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