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Hilary Pfeifer: Natural selection

Exhibition  /  09 Jan 2009  -  01 Feb 2009
Published: 19.12.2008
Hilary Pfeifer: Natural selection.
Velvet da Vinci
Management:
Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt
Hilary Pfeifer. Piece: Famulus erilis, 2008. Wood, mixed media. 23 cm x 14 cm x 14 cm. Hilary Pfeifer
Piece: Famulus erilis, 2008
Wood, mixed media
23 cm x 14 cm x 14 cm
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Intro
Natural Selection is an installation within an installation. This project continues Pfeifer’s ongoing exploration of the ways that humans attempt to control nature. (...)

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Hilary Pfeifer
“Natural Selection” is an installation within an installation. The exterior is a simple structure that resembles the greenhouses of botanical gardens. The interior space of the greenhouse is scaled to provide an intimate experience for the viewer. Vertical shelves house about 100 small sculptures resembling Japanese bonsai. In that ancient art form, humans create a miniature version of the world. These bonsai, however, suggest scenarios where plants can choose their mates the way humans can--a blend of natural instincts and intellect. Their abilities to defy species and natural law reflect our freedom to cross bouundaries such as race, age, and gender. Each piece presents a different look at courtship, intimacy, and relationships. Line and exaggerated forms allude to body types or psychological characteristics. “I looked to many sources for inspiration including Darwin’s writings pertaining  pecifically to plants, modern challenges to evolution theory of natural and sexual selection, erotica and contemporary nonfiction, singles ads, interviews, personal experience, and art history,” explains Pfeifer. Each plant is classified with its own Latin name, except for a few plants that have grown on the greenhouse structure itself, too new for categorization.

This project continues Pfeifer’s ongoing exploration of the ways that humans attempt to control nature. In turn, nature finds a way to adapt or reassert itself, such as grass that grows in the cracks of a sidewalk or mildew that forms on a non-insulated wall behind a couch.

Remarks

Artist reception: January 9, 6-8 pm.

Hourly:
Tuesday through Saturday from 12 pm - 6 pm, Sunday from 12 pm - 4 pm.
The Gallery is closed on Monday.


This project was made possible by support from: the Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Oregon Arts Commission, the Puffin Foundation,
The McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, the ReBuilding Center,Christian Bannister, Fred Soelzer, and Velvet da Vinci Gallery.
Hilary Pfeifer. Piece: Passistema Nimis, 2008. Wood, mixed media. 20cm x 8 cm x 16.5 cm. Hilary Pfeifer
Piece: Passistema Nimis, 2008
Wood, mixed media
20cm x 8 cm x 16.5 cm
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Hilary Pfeifer. Piece: Rhodiposticus delicae, 2008. Wood, mixed media. 10 cm x 6.5 cm x 28 cm. Hilary Pfeifer
Piece: Rhodiposticus delicae, 2008
Wood, mixed media
10 cm x 6.5 cm x 28 cm
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Hilary Pfeifer. Piece: Abaxialis odiligo, 2008. Wood, mixed media. 25.5 cm x 25.5 cm x 43 cm. Hilary Pfeifer
Piece: Abaxialis odiligo, 2008
Wood, mixed media
25.5 cm x 25.5 cm x 43 cm
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Hilary Pfeifer. Piece: Exesus formosus, 2008. Wood, mixed media. 22.9 cm x 17.8 cm x 12.7 cm. Hilary Pfeifer
Piece: Exesus formosus, 2008
Wood, mixed media
22.9 cm x 17.8 cm x 12.7 cm
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