de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Natural Blunders

January 24-March 20, 2009  


Natural Blunders features the work of 17 artists who use nature as a departure point for compelling and resonant works of art. Pieces in the exhibition range from the living plants in Alastair Bolton's installation to Lauren Davies' dog-hair sculptures, to cicada exoskeletons in an installation by Cheryl Coon. In the exhibition, visitors will see a broad range of responses toward the environment—from veneration to more critical responses to our traditionally adversarial relationship to nature. According to exhibition curator Karen Kienzle, "Ultimately, the works in Natural Blunders can be viewed as an artistic rebellion against what is essentially a world out of balance." This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie at the Palo Alto Art Center on view from January 23-April 26, 2009.

Images: Michael McConnell, I Feel for You, 2007, mixed media, 20 x 8 x 6 in., Courtesy of the artist and Braunstein Quay Gallery, San Francisco. Stephanie Metz, Super Suckler, 2008, felted wool, 33 x 12.5 x 15 in., Courtesy of the artist.