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Craig Krull Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Natural Histories
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404

October 20th, 2012 - November 24th, 2012
October 20th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Academy Hill Road, Dutchess County, NY, Wendy BurtonWendy Burton,
Academy Hill Road, Dutchess County, NY,
2010, archival pigment print, 18 x 18 in.
© Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery
santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30

Concurrently, the gallery will present its sixth solo exhibition of photographs by Wendy Burton with a new series entitled, Natural Histories. In a previous body of work entitled Trace Elements, Burton photographed remnants of human life left behind in the natural landscape. With Empty Houses andRust Belt, she continued her exploration of abandoned spaces, both domestic and industrial. Natural Histories continues the theme of once inhabited dwellings with photographs of deserted bird nests. Burton notes that each nest is "a small miracle of architecture and engineering...each somehow perfect, even in its imperfection." This project also includes images of animal skulls, crustacean casings, snake skeletons and other remnants of once living creatures, further developing her investigations into "that which is left behind." All of the subject matter is photographed as a singular object, on a wooden table, within a relatively dark interior lit by a single source of natural light. They are still-lifes in the tradition of memento mori, but more importantly, they reflect the artist's reverence of natural form and meditations on how these forms were shaped by instincts and evolution.

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