Patrick Dougherty must be one of the most interesting and original artists at work today. A leading figure in the genre known as environmental art, Dougherty's medium is sticks -- more accurately, saplings, which he bends and shapes into sculptures. Because he works with an organic substance that will decay, by their very nature and composition Dougherty's sculptures will fade after a couple of years. That basic, foregone metamorphosis perfectly serves this artist's m.o.; he's not interested in an art of permanence or false fixity. Rather, Dougherty seeks to mirror the ultimate truth encoded in nature: growth, decay, death and renewal. Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty is a documentary film chronicling the artist's (and his collaborators') "stickwork," as it were, over the span of a year. You can see it tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7847 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Tickets are $4 to $6.
Thu., April 24, 7:30 p.m., 2014