Dena Kahan: An Un-natural History - Art Collector

Dena Kahan, Hanging Garden #1, 2014. Oil on linen, 86 x 66cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gallerysmith

An Un-natural History concerns itself with the human desire for order and perfection through an investigation of our attempts to control nature.

These seductive images take as their subject the Blaschka Glass Flower display at the Harvard Natural History Museum in the USA. The museum case here acts as metaphor in an attempt to organise the natural world. With their tension between representation and abstraction, order and chaos these paintings question the glass flowers as objects of scientific certainty, and subvert the museum as a site of control.

Like earlier work, Kahan plays with ambiguities of space, scale and the reflective qualities of glass, creating a strange yet wondrous world.

Exhibition opens: 4-6pm Saturday 15 November 2014
Exhibition closes: 13 December 2014
Location: Gallerysmith, 170-174 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Contact: 03 9329 1860

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