In The Frame: Evolve/Involve
In The Frame: Evolve/InvolveFour artists. Five media. One platform. In The Frame.Come and join us for a reflection on nature, dispersal, transformation, extinction, and rebirth.
Anna LaurentLaurent’s corridor installation takes us on a journey through the evolution and the extinction of species of flora and nudges us to pay attention to the fragility of our natural surroundings. In the ‘Dispersal’ photography series, Laurent explores the myriad ways through which plants protect and disperse seeds. Her portrait series reveals the staggering diversity of textures, colors, and forms that species have evolved in pursuit of survival and reproduction. Born 1979 in the US, Laurent lived in California and is now based in London. Her work has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London. Exhibitions include RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, University of California Botanic Garden at Berkeley. She is also the author of 'Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery' (University of Chicago Press). www.annalaurent.com
Emma Piper-BurketIn her video installation, Piper-Burket draws attention to the agricultural effects of evolution. The Iraqi Seed Project speaks to humanity’s relationship with the earth, and to far reaching issues affecting farmers and their land, seeking to build bridges between the rural population of nations that have been at war. Piper-Burket is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer working in fiction, non-fiction, and collected media. Recently, she was an Ebert Fellow for Film Criticism at the Sundance Film Festival, and her short films have been exhibited internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, IBAFF, The Armory Center for the Arts and Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. She is also co-director of Play Farm, an artist residency and workspace in rural Oregon, and part-time film instructor at Syracuse University. Piper-Burket holds an MFA in Cinema and Digital Media from FAMU in Prague.www.emmapiperburket.com
Natasha McDowellIn ‘Light after Dark’, McDowell explores cycles of growth, birth, death and renewal as they occur and mutate in the natural world, and their interrelation with the man-made and the surreal. Our current understanding of nature’s mutable qualities is transforming alongside an escalating global preoccupation with digital media and technology. McDowell believes that as we create, we allow ourselves to play with the nature of disharmony, rather than control or deny it. As such, we teach ourselves how we want to move through the world by bearing witness to our own individual blueprints. How is our incessant filtering of imagery and information impacting what is considered real? Born in 1986, London, McDowell studied art in Bristol and now lives in Berlin, where she illustrates private commissions and exhibits in Europe. www.natashamcdowell.com
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