As its name suggests, Valerie Carberry Gallery
” is a playful exploration of the interplay between artists’
material processes and natural processes, construction and decomposition.
Organized in part by
Chicago-based painter and sculptor, this group exhibition focuses on forms of
nature—ranging from sculpture to mixed-media works to paintings—and plays with
the tension between manmade objects and organic matter.
a sculpture made from urethane resin and detritus, is
made to resemble a boulder, typically the work of natural water erosion, yet it
simultaneously recalls a giant clear trash bag filled with everyday waste. A
similar dichotomy exists in ’s
works like Weed (Pen Flower)
(2005/2013) and Grass
sculptural recreations of weeds and blades of grass that are made from
found materials that have been manufactured. In Dihle’s Sink
(2013), an oil
painting with miniature, realistic renderings of plants, each element is
connected by abstract lines, so that the end result is a matrix of vegetation. ’s
(2013) investigates human-built environments and how they
conjoin and interact with natural terrain. A timely subject for the present
day, where contention over man’s carbon footprint is omnipresent, each artist
offers a visual, physical response to the human impact on the natural world and
his or her conception of what is natural.