Jan 17th 2014

Ghost Nature

@ Gallery 400

400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Friday, January 17th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, March 1st

Artists: Sebastian Alvarez, Jeremy Bolen, Irina Botea, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Robert Burnier, Marcus Coates, Assaf Evron, Carrie Gundersdorf, Institute of Contemporary Zoology, Jenny Kendler, Devin King, Stephen Lapthisophon, Milan Metthey, Rebecca Mir, Heidi Norton, Okosua Adoma Owusu, Katie Patterson, Tessa Siddle, and Xaviera Simmons with AOO (Art orienté objet; Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin)

The Northwest Passage—an historic golden fleece of shipping routes—opened up in the Arctic, and scientists continue to predict dramatic rising seas. Bee populations have fallen rapidly, raising questions about food production. Mice grow human ears on their backs in laboratories and rabbits glow in the dark. In this new age of ecological awareness, “Nature” as a Romantic ideal—a pristine mountainside beyond the scope of human influence—is but a dithering spirit. Rather than succumb to the pang of its loss, “Ghost Nature” exposes the limits of human perspective in the emergent landscape that remains: a slippery, network of sometimes monstrous creatures, plants, and technological advancements.

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