Nature/Nurture

February 9th through March 17th
SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus

“Letter From Melissa Carter”
encaustic, acrylic, photocopy, black paper, plywood
16.5 x 23.5 in. / 41.9 x 59.7 cm

“Letter From Melissa Carter” by Onajide Shabaka

“Two basic systems: Development and Maintenance. The sourball of every revolution: after the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?”

–Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Maintenance Art Manifesto

Humans and nature are often posed as two separate and opposite things, yet we are biological creatures that exist within nature. We have not yet surpassed our need for a relatively stable climate and ecosystem, and our biology is inescapable. As we strive to overcome the limitations of our physical bodies and mold our surroundings for comfort and ease, we partake in the intimate and compounding relationship between us and our environment. Not only does nature affect us, but we affect it: transporting species of flora and fauna from one continent to another; altering the migratory patterns of animals by the placement of roads and neighborhoods; creating new species through genetic modification—both in the lab and through selective breeding and planting. These interactions further complicate an already complex world where the line between cause and effect is often not clear.

The artworks in this exhibition remind us of the complexities of our material world, and encourage a more careful approach. We have the knowledge, ability, and power to alter nature and many of our social structures and institutions place growth and development above maintenance and care.

Exhibition:
This group exhibition explores the ways in which the natural world has been shaped and transformed by humans and in turn how the biology shapes our lives.

Artist Talk:
March 9th at 5:30 p.m.
seed journeys & hidden legacies with Onajide Shabaka
A reception immediately follows the talk.

Featured Artists:
Laura Ball, Stephanie Garon, Onajide Shabaka, Anne Mondro, Judi Bommarito, and Darina Karpov.

intertwine
by Anne Mondro

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by Darina Karpov

Basic RGBby Judi Bommarito

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by Onajide Shabaka

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by Laura Ball

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by Stephanie Garon