Matt Wedel started “Banana Tree” with Adam and Eve in mind before it grew into a tangle of stems and fruit

Matt Wedel started “Banana Tree” with Adam and Eve in mind before it grew into a tangle of stems and fruit

A sinuous banana tree sculpture and a slew of ceramic bodiless heads — these are just a few of the whimsical creations that sculptor Matt Wedel has prepared for his solo show, “Peaceable Fruit,” which opened on Wednesday at L.A. Louver in Venice.

The face of the show, “Banana Tree,” was first imagined as a form with Adam and Eve-like figures at its center; then it grew into a massive tangle of stems and fruit, until the original figures disappeared.

Wedel’s show also features a bevy of wall-mounted tubular flower tree forms and a series of free-standing heads, with suggestions of eyes, noses and mouths etched into the glaze.

Referencing painter Edward Hick’s “The Peaceable Kingdom” (1845-46), the show demonstrates Wedel’s nod to naturalism while shifting to abstraction. He still has flora, fruit and human heads on his mind.

— Christina Campodonico

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