Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art
September 7, 2013 - March 16, 2014
Drawing from the Addison Gallery's permanent collection, Natural Selections complements the exhibition, James Prosek: The Spaces in Between, in which Prosek, 2013 Edward E. Elson artist-in-residence at the Addison, raises questions about how we recognize and interpret the natural world. Whether a treasured masterpiece or a lesser-known work, each object in Natural Selections has been chosen to evidence the artist’s relation to the natural environment. Nature imposes itself in small and grand ways in the works assembled here—a fragment of sylvan landscape or seascape glimpsed through the window behind the sitter, a panoramic landscape of grand intention spread across the canvas, a meticulously detailed segment of woods or bountiful garden or animal specimen. While the scientist offers us a structured framework and systematic ordering of natural phenomena, it is through the lens of the imaginative artist we learn to see and appreciate our natural world—light, land, sky, water, flora, fauna, and the cosmos in which we live.