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Light and Shadow : Bronze and Glass Sculpture by Daisuke Shintani

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Daisuke Shintani, a native of Hiroshima, Japan, travels the world over in search of leaves. But not just any will do -- they have to be able to hold water. Here leaves and vines from tropical rain forests are reproduced in bronze and the water they hold is actually crystal clear glass poured in its molten state. Overflowing the leaves, the glass hardens in midair like falling water captured in a freeze-frame photograph. But the process isn't finished until the work is installed. Then the bronze and glass engage the light of the room to create intricate patterns like shadow drawings. While elaborate in execution, Shintani's latest creations are based on a simple appeal to the senses. He says they are more about creating new forms rather than just replicating nature. -- D. Eric Bookhardt

Through April 28

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 841 Carondelet St., 522-5471;www.jonathanferraragallery.com

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