Project 18: Naturall
June 2, – August 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday June 2, 2017
Artist and Curator Talk: Thursday June 29 | 6-7 pm + Friday August 18| 6-7 pm
First Friday Trolley Hop: Friday June 2, Friday July 7, and Friday August 4, 2017

Zephyr Gallery is pleased to present PROJECT 18: NATURALL, on view June 2 – August 19, 2017, NATURALL will feature the work of artists Leticia R. Bajuyo, Ezra Kellerman, Claire Larkin Pope, and Rachel Singel. Exhibition curator, Karen Gillenwater writes: “As an obsolete spelling of “natural,” the term “naturall” relates to many of the concepts addressed by the artists in this exhibition. The ebb and flow of existence as ideas, language, ways of life, economic systems, and living beings become activated or obsolete is a part of nature. It is also a part of society, as change and innovation force us to evaluate ways of living and working, impacting our attachment to existing traditions and the creation of new ones. Most often, the potential of obsolescence, when it is recognized, is met with fear and inspires a desire to control. Humans frequently go to extreme lengths to avoid the obsolescence of our ways of life, especially when individual economic and personal comfort are potentially at risk. However, we simultaneously turn a blind eye to the detrimental impact of our actions, the obsolescence they cause, and their ripple effect across all of nature.”

The tension between nature and societal innovation is explored in the works of Claire Larkin Pope and Leticia R. Bajuyo. While Pope uses natural materials in combination with commercially produced materials such as silicone and artificial light sources to emphasize the “sanctity of the natural environment,” Bajuyo utilizes the by-products of conspicuous consumption to critique consumer behavior and address our drive to create a version of nature with which we are comfortable—one that is contained and controlled.

Inspired by her upbringing on a Virginia farm, Rachel Singel responds to the infinite complexity she finds in nature. She examines the natural structures of the places she occupies and, as a printmaker, is compelled to interpret the lines, shapes, and patterns within those forms. Ezra Kellerman utilizes salvaged natural materials alongside man-made materials to illustrate our need for “primitive solutions to future problems” and the role of humans as scavengers in search of those solutions. His references to humanity as a part of nature range from subtle to overt, illustrating our conflicting roles as both cause and casualty.