Diane Fox

 Unnatural History
 February 26 - April 4, 2008

2008 Fox

Director's Note

Diane Fox has traveled the world documenting dioramas in museums large and small. Her elegant images are printed in monochrome on paper giving them the look of a hand-printed lithograph. A monochrome image is unencumbered by the competing visual information of color and allows the artist to focus our attention on the subtleties of texture, value, and reflective surfaces. These reflective surfaces reveal interesting juxtapositions. At the same time the angle from which the artists shots her photographs contribute a sense of dislocation or disruption to the original intent of the museum’s curatorial staff. In this exhibition Fox has in essence turned the tables making the museum itself the subject.

Deborah Mitchell, Director -- APEX Gallery

Artist's Statement: Diane Fox

I am interested in the ways we objectify nature, both positively and negatively. The dancing, happy pigs used as icons for BBQ joints and meatpacking plants have always struck me as deeply ironic. Plastic animals take us for rides in theme parks and animated versions sell us products. Nature comes to us, viewed through glass windows at the zoo, natural history museum or framed on television. Likewise, the photograph objectifies the world as seen through the lens of the camera.

We visit natural history museums for a glimpse of our natural world, a world we often do not experience first hand. We view animals from far off places and times at a safe distance. Dioramas (and photographs) create a framed moment of nature frozen in time. The more closely they resemble an actual space and event, the more closely the taxidermied animals appear to breath life, the deeper our sense of wonder and connection.

archive 2008

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