Bass Museum of Art welcomes ‘Unnatural’ exhibition
September 10, 2012 by James
Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art has begun a collaborative art exhibition that explores the subject of humankind manipulating nature in the modern world.
The curiously captivating works of art aim to provoke reflections on the ‘artificial’ or ‘manipulated’ natural world that has emerged in the modern technological world. One photography piece depicts an enormous bear resting on a bed as a woman glances at it as though it is her overweight husband sleeping in too late. A multimedia piece induces more sober feelings by depicting what seem to be dead trees in a desolate landscape, while a massive video piece lends the sense that there is an actual sperm whale swimming in a glass aquarium just beyond the gallery wall.
The exhibition presents works by 27 artists and is curated by Israeli-born and Miami-based art historian, Tami Katz-Freiman. Several of the works are by Israeli artists who have lived with political and technological circumstances affecting their natural environment for much of their lives. Being home to many man-made lakes and beaches with imported sand, Miami is the perfect city to host an exhibition such as this.
While any artists, print companies or graphic designers would surely find something interesting here, the exhibition might appeal in particular to the environmentally-conscious or anyone interested in looker deeper into the increasingly thin line between ‘authentic nature’ and ‘fabricated nature’. For that reason, it may draw people in from areas further afield, such as Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.
‘Unnatural’ is scheduled to run until November 4 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave. Admission is $10 per person.