Birgir Andrésson, Adam Belt, Stephen Curry, Roman de Salvo, Andy Diaz
Hope, Iran do Espírito Santo, Vernon Fisher, Maiko Haruki, Anya Gallaccio,
Andy Goldsworthy, Roy McMakin, Lincoln Schatz and James Turrell
Opening reception: Saturday, January 14 from 6 to 8 PM
“Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.”
Quint Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a group exhibition of paintings,
sculptures, photographs, video and mixed media works by artists Birgir
Andrésson, Adam Belt, Stephen Curry, Roman de Salvo, Andy Diaz Hope, Iran
do Espírito Santo, Vernon Fisher, Maiko Haruki, Anya Gallaccio, Andy
Goldsworthy, Roy McMakin, Lincoln Schatz and James Turrell. The exhibition,
DISSECTING NATURE, will open with a public reception on Saturday, January 14
from 6 to 8 PM.
Dissecting Nature is an exhibition of artwork that uses man-made materials to
emulate nature or natural materials to create artistic constructions.
Nature is emulated through paint and written word in Birgir Andrésson’s wall
painting Blasting Wind, which through visual poetry and color evokes a sense of
landscape trapped in memory.
Adam Belt makes photo-realistic paintings of views from outer space.
Stephen Curry’s paintings explore nature through light and shadow, turning
leaves and branches into solid blacks or whites and painting shadows with
Andy Diaz Hope’s Allegory of the Monoceros is a jacquard tapestry made in
collaboration with Laurel Roth. The dichotomy of tradition and the advent of
technology are rolled into one with this construction. The piece references
Darwin’s “Tree of Life” which illustrated his theory of Natural Selection, the three headed dog points toward a human-centric idea of evolution through cloning.
Iran do Espírito Santo uses paint and ink to simulate wood. The texture of the
piece is palpable, but it is only an illusion.
Vernon Fisher’s series of abstract paintings titled Zombies, bring an element of
surprise with their addition of hand painted faux flies.
Maiko Haruki and Roy McMakin use photography to capture an object in
nature. Haruki’s highly minimal photographs capture raindrops. McMakin
dissects a Begonia plant by photographing it hundreds of times and displaying
the images of the plant from all sides.
Lincoln Schatz uses video to create portraits of nature by collaging multiple
images of the ocean into a data program that randomly displays them back.
Ephemeral materials are transformed in Roman de Salvo’s sculpture, Olive
Branch Rorschach. The artist has cut and spliced the delicate interiors of tree
branches into a permanent composition.
Anya Gallaccio mixes the man-made and natural in her sculpture when time
just slips, 2005 by casting a thorn tree in bronze and rose hips in silver.
Andy Goldsworthy and James Turrell will be representing Land Art artists, who
use the natural landscape to create their art. Goldsworthy goes out into nature
and uses ephemeral materials to create his work, which many times because of
the temporal aspect of his art, exist only in photographic documentation. For
the past 30-plus years, James Turrell has literally moved mountains for his art at
the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in Northern Arizona. In the drawing Sight
plan with survey net and solar and lunar aliments of Roden Crater Study (1986),
Turrell illustrates the composition of his naked-eye observatory at the crater.
The exhibition Dissecting Nature criss-crosses through the terrain of artists using
nature in their art questioning what is seen as nature and what is seen as art.