Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 30, 2008
Freak of Nature is the next show coming to San Francisco’s 111 Minna Gallery, which opens November 6 and runs through November 29, 2008.
The artists of Freak of Nature adopt natural imagery as a central point of inquiry in their work. Expressions of human, plant, animal, insect life and landscape range from the realistic, mutated, beautiful, cliché, surreal, psychedelic, romantic and kitsch. This reflects a range of responses to the current sentiment of ecological disaster and genetic modification; including appreciation of the elegance of natural forms as well as disenchantment with environmentalist ideals. The use of visual references to science textbooks and commercial illustration are utilized to comment on the commoditization of natural life as an abstract entity to be manipulated.
These artists investigate the interaction between humans and the environment, including both reverence and destruction of the natural world. This highlights the contemporary complexity of human response and interpretation of nature as well as global environmental crises. Many of the artists in Freak of Nature celebrate the inherent beauty of natural imagery as well as ask the viewer to consider the current implications of human lifestyle choices. In this context, the expression Freak of Nature serves both as a metaphor for the anomalous expression of nature as well as reference to consequences of human interference.
Included in this exhibition are: Alison Kendall, Amanda Smith, Alexis Mackenzie, Henry Gunderson, Colleen Sanders, Casey Jex Smith, Christopher Russell, Matthew Hart, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Lisa Ostapinski, Hannah Stouffer, Scott Hewicker, Josh Keyes, and Jacob Tillman.
More on Freak of Nature at 111minnagallery.com