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SAM | Unnatural History

December 21, 2017 / All Day

Calendar: Exhibit
Categories: Visual Art
Age Groups: All

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) presents

Unnatural History

 

an exhibition of contemporary art that illustrates the many ways in which technological processes of mass mining, manufacturing, resource extraction, and large-scale industrial agriculture have altered not only the present, but also the future history of our planet.

December 21 2017 - March 4 2018 | Tues-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1-5pm 


The works in Unnatural History are portals backwards or forwards (or sometimes both at once) in geologic time, offering visions of before, after, and during the tenancy of humankind. Dioramas of cast resin depicting bizarre plants and animate slime suggest a post-human period wherein nature reclaims the planet. Artificial geodes made of oil paint, latex, foam, and soil transport viewers into a distant future where industrial waste has become fossil evidence of human activity. Abstract wall sculptures use motor and crude oil as raw material in the depiction of the vast, intricate industrial landscapes of the near future, while wooden mosaics made of materials salvaged from hurricane-affected cities and reconstructed glass objects found on beaches suggest a possible utopian remedy to decline, decay, and disintegration. Overall, this exhibition underscores and illustrates the many ways in which technological processes of mass mining, manufacturing, resource extraction, and large-scale industrial agriculture have altered not only the present, but also the future history of our planet.

For more information, contact our Exhibitions Coordinator, Ashleigh Shuler, by email at apayne@spartanarts.org or call 864.582.7616 x 254.

opening reception 12.21.2017 | 5-8PM

artist talks @ 6:30pm | FREE and open to the public

 

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IMAGE: "Center Stage" by Laura Petrovich-Cheney (2015) salvaged wood from Hurricane Sandy


artists:

Kara Artman

Jon Duff

Inguna Gremzde

Cecilia Ho

Joshua Mason

Stephanie Morissette

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Kathleen Thum

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