The Constructed Landscape
NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. is pleased to present The Constructed Landscape, a group exhibition curated by Lia Rose Newman at its 910 Grand Street, East Williamsburg gallery. The exhibition features works by Saul Becker, Tim Kiernan, Mike Lavine, Greg Lindquist, Mario Marzan, Jason Mitcham, and Alison Overton.
Although a 'scape' is a common fixture of our language today referring to the environments we occupy and create, the word landscape (from the Dutch landschap) first came into use during the 17th century, defining paintings “representing natural scenery.” Artists have long since been fascinated with their surrounding environments as subject matter, mostly using these expansive vistas to mirror the ideals of their times. However, as the world has changed, so have the viewpoints.
Rather than looking to reflect in the spiritual beauty of nature, the artists of The Constructed Landscape are concerned with the impact of an ever developing industrial landscape – a more common sight nowadays. They are interested in a different type of nature: a specifically human instinct to expand and progress our built environments. Each artist is actively challenging landscape as a genre, presenting unique vignettes, based on actual experiences on and within the land around them. Combining natural and fabricated elements, these artists draw our attention to the construction of all the landscapes we inhabit.
The Constructed Landscape is a NURTUREart Emerging Curators’ Program Collaboration.
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