Group show curated by Britt Miazgowicz
Fostering growth in an otherwise adverse landscape, the greenhouse is an artificial construct. Our manipulation of the natural world has proven both advantageous and disastrous; control often slips out of our collective hands resulting in unforeseen consequences. Finding balance between progress and destruction is a challenge. With globalization, the concept of the greenhouse becomes an inverted one. Much of the world is now bridled by civilization, leaving only disparate remnants of untamed nature dotting the earth.
For the artists participating in Greenhouse, the human figure is not the subject, yet the effect of human intervention is implied. Issues such as the duality between the resilience and fragility of nature are addressed, as well as the interdependent relationship we have with the environment.
Windowless, artificially lit, curated and temperature-controlled, in a sense, the gallery becomes a greenhouse as well. Artists merge concepts of manipulation and wild-ness to create microcosms for the viewer revealing that which they imagine, but also creating a construct of their own. Prompting a dialogue about the subject matter they choose, they set an agenda in order to make change, or make us think.
In this exhibition we contemplate the artists’ visions of nature and question their perspectives, perhaps leaving with altered ideas about the world in which we live that differ from the points of view we arrived with – cultivation at its best; acceptance of the status quo at worst.