Notions of Wilderness, curated by LiveBox
at kasia kay art projects
June 1 - July 28, 2007
Opening Reception June 1st,6-9 pm
1044 W Fulton Market St, Chicago, IL 60613
The word wilderness is derived from the notion of wildness; uncultivated, uninhabited, in other words without human modification. The social and political realities of “nature verses economics” makes defining wilderness in the 21st Century ever more elusive. What is “wild”, what can be called “wilderness”, what is the measure of human “influence” that defines wildness? Notions of Wilderness includes artists deploying multiple mediums to uncover their context of wildness.
Exhibition Highlights: Adam Chapman’s “Legible Nature: Fate is an Afterthought”: models the flight patterns and physical movements of Atlantic Grey Gulls, which are altered to periodically converge and form letters. These letters slowly spell out poems from the Manyoshu, 8th century Japanese poems.(more info on Rizome ArtBase). Claudia Hart's Timegarden" is a one-hour 3D animation;a camera revolves 360º from the center of a circular walled garden, like a clock. Four time spans are represented simultaneously. Chris Oakley’s “Sight/Seeing video installation explores the commodification of the wild as typified in the modern safari. Julia Oldham translates invertebrate rituals into choreography that she performs and films.
(art)n collaboration Gerhard Mantz, Ellen Sandor, and Chris Kemp