A view of artist Cameron Gainer
A view of artist Cameron Gainer's Forest Through the the Trees, 2006, an installation at The Fabric Workshop and Museum's New Temporary Contemporary, 2007.

Cameron Gainer:

Forest Through The The Trees

January 4, 2008–March 2008

Opening Reception:
Friday, 1 February 2008, 5:30–8 p.m.

Performance and Reception:
Friday, 1 February 2008, 6 p.m.

Standing over six feet tall, Gainer's Forest Through The The Trees is a life-size embodiment of Bigfoot as captured in the famous Patterson-Gimlin Film. He has recreated frame 352 of the film, which shows the creature in its iconic mid-stride glance at the camera, as a three-dimensional sculpture. It is made from a steel and fiberglass skeleton, covered with faux fur and modeling compound, and has a pair of piercing glass eyes. It is also meant to be a "photo-op prop" that allows the viewer to be a participant in the project as re-creator of the original film footage or perpetuator of it as a supposed hoax. The work was originally shown at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens in 2006.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum also will be displaying a wall-sized photo reproduction of Gainer's Nessie sculpture and will be screening In Person, his 2005 video project, which was shot at a look-alike convention in Las Vegas. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Fabric Workshop and Museum is offering a limited edition of artist multiples available at the Museum Shop. These silk scarves feature images of fur from the figure and the silhouette of Bigfoot as seen in the installation.

Born 1973. Lives and works in New York City.
Gainer is an emerging artist and a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He works with photo, video, and multiple media in his sculptures. The Bigfoot sculpture on display at The Fabric Workshop and Museum is part of a series exploring myth and urban legend. It is one of three public commissions, which also include a sculpture of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster for the Salt Marsh Nature Preserve in Brooklyn, and a project at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.