Wildlife: a field guide to the post-natural

Date: Jul 12 - Nov 19, 2000
Artist: Lois Andison, Nina Katchadourian, Jake Moore, Warren Quigley, Louise Weaver
Curated by: Lisa Gabrielle Mark

Human influence on nature is evident all around us: from deforestation, sheep-cloning and performance-enhancing drugs to wildlife theme parks and nature videos. In the 2000 exhibition Wildlife: a field guide to the post natural, guest curator Lisa Gabrielle Mark proposes that what is generally called “nature” today might be better described as “post-nature.” Mark has structured this exhibition as a non-comprehensive field guide whose “sightings” include the works of five artists, each of whom uses textiles to emphasize the interaction of nature with technology and culture.This is the first of three exhibitions in the series 100% Natural.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Wildlife examines a world where nature is mediated by corporate and economic agendas, technology, science and mass media - in short, culture. Human influence on nature is evident all around us: from deforestation, sheep-cloning and performance enhancing drugs to wildlife theme parks and nature videos.

<p>In her exhibition statement, guest curator Lisa Gabrielle Mark proposes that what is generally called “nature” today, might be better described as “post-nature.” Mark has structuredWildlife as a non-comprehensive field guide to the post-natural world whose “sightings” include the textile works of five artists from Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Each of the works uses textiles to emphasize the interaction of nature with technology and culture, since textiles themselves are an age-old manifestation of this phenomenon.

Take a walk on the “wild” side and experience Lois Andison's ambient birdscapes; Nina Katchadourian's mended spider webs; Jake Moore's robotic moths; Warren Quigley's caged companions, and; Louise Weaver's crocheted covering for taxidermic animal forms.