Second Nature 2011
Baang + Burne Contemporary presents Second Nature, meditations on a peaceful apocalypse. Artists Kris Graves and Karen Rudd offer a vision of outrage, reflection and hope, part of 6x6.
Landscape, nature, ecology, and environmental issues have long been
a powerful source of inspiration for contemporary artists. In the third
exhibition of Baang and Burne Contemporary’s six-week art event,
titled 6x6, the artwork manages to address all of these contemporary
issues with uncommon beauty and grace.
In Second Nature, artists Kris Graves and Karen Rudd present a vision that is simultaneously apocalyptic and hopeful. Graves presents a series of hauntingly sublime photographs of the Icelandic landscape that enable the viewer to reconsider their relationship to the earth. Likewise, Rudd’s strikingly realistic sculptures of life-size cedar tree stumps, created from reclaimed cardboard and wood glue, express sadness and irony, but also the serene idea that nature is somehow restoring itself.
Kris Graves creates photographs that preserve memory. The stillness in his images calls attention to the...