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Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

Exhibition Detail
The Leaf and the Page
Curated by: Douglas Stapleton
201 W. 10th Street
Lockport, IL 60441

October 20th, 2009 - January 29th, 2010
Natural Selection, Judith BrotmanJudith Brotman, Natural Selection,
2004, leaf, embroidery floss, 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.
© courtesy of the artist
That\'s Life, Mellissa Jay CraigMellissa Jay Craig, That's Life,
2005, handmade kozo, abaca, flax paper, wood, 30 x 34 x 12 in.
© courtesy of the artist
Hollyhocks, Winifred GodfreyWinifred Godfrey, Hollyhocks,
1991, color lithograph, 26 x 20 in.
© Collection of the Illinois State Museum
11-G, Rebecca ShoreRebecca Shore, 11-G,
2006, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 in.
© courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery
Tall, Eric WertEric Wert, Tall,
2002, graphite on paper, 30 x 20 in.
© courtesy of the artist
C-344 (relic series), Andrew YoungAndrew Young, C-344 (relic series),
2007, collage of hand painted painters on board, 22 1/4 x 14 3/4 in.
© courtesy of the artist and Alfedena Gallery
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Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 12noon to 5pm.
sculpture, figurative, realism, mixed-media

Through their objects, these eleven contemporary artists explore plants as conduits between humanity and the natural world.  This exhibition considers the connection between the historic canon of botanical images (the visual vocabulary of leaves, spines, stems, flowers, trunks, branches, and roots), the plant as specimen, and contemporary practices that imbue the subject with emotive and narrative qualities.  This canon is best defined as art that depicts a plant subject in a way that is both scientifically accurate and aesthetically pleasing,  Some artists employ traditional approaches and materials--print, drawing, painting--while others replicate botanical plasticity in a range of materials from paper to clay to industrial metal. 

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