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Absorbing Roman poet Ovid's tales of transformation in Metamorphosis and adding his own dash of art historical figuration and contemporary Pop Culture, Mark Ryden broaches terrain with 'The Tree Show'. In his latest works Ryden combines the arcane with popular cultural images as ground from which to make his executed leaps into fantasy. Ryden's series includes depictions of oak trees consuming children, floating tree stumps with 'seeing' eyes, imaginary wood nymphs, and mythological characters who personify nature herself. Ryden paints his characters with a masterful, porcelain glow reminiscent of Ingres, and renders his trees with a care that evokes Audubon's botanical illustration, and has put several of his paintings in elaborately carved frames that project their narratives beyond the canvas. 'The Tree Show' shows these paintings and sculptures alongside the fruits of Ryden's research on the tree as myth, from the Buddhas's Bodhi tree, to Adam and Eve, the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah and matters of ecological science. As such, it contitutes an enticing dossier on Ryden's encyclopedic exploration of the subject and reproduces in its entirety this series centered around the arboreal world.