Joshua Levine | Laetiporus Leeway
       
     
Joshua Levine | Laetiporus Leeway
       
     
Joshua Levine | Laetiporus Leeway

Joshua Levine's Laetiporus Leeway is a mushroom installation modeled after bracket or shelf fungus, most noticeably the Laetiporus species of mushrooms which are a genus of edible mushrooms found throughout the world.  Levine's interest in mushrooms comes not just from the different properties that different mushrooms contain (edible, toxic, psychoactive, etc.) but also the concept that mushrooms, their mycelium in particular, are the "internet of the planet". The thought that there is a species of life that interconnects our planet is an incredibly profound one.  After watching Paul Stamets' TED Talk on mycelium, the artist understood how pervasive they are and that they almost can exist anywhere.  This further inspired the idea that these shelf mushrooms could sprout up anywhere and the artist worked to intentionally manifest them as an gallery based art installation.