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Art Exhibit - SuperNatural

  • September 20, 2017 - July 18, 2018 (Recurring daily)
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • 111 N Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701
  • 24hrs
  • FREE admission
  • (919) 956-6700
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As images of the post-industrial world transform into the bytes and pixels of the digital age, the sublime is becoming the supernatural. Landscape, once the realm of the bucolic and pastoral, now appears fantastical, alluring, threatening, and threatened, reflecting the earth's evolution into an anthropocene: a planet whose contours and contents are determined by human activity. This new world may contain hybrid territories, home to hybrid creatures who are the offspring of scientific research and imagination, reflections of our anxiety and aspirations for the future. While hybrids have been a staple of the collective cultural imagination for centuries, images of genetic recombinants populate in particular the art of the turn of 20th century, as do they now. During these periods of significant concurrent economic, technological, and socio-political change, hybrids embody fear and desire, the known and the unknown. They and the territories they may inhabit belong to the uncanny, a place eerily alien and familiar at once. In these still and moving images of land and cityscapes, and in the taxidermy and fabricated figures of The SuperNatural, nature meets technoculture, and the new natural is both organic and artificial. Invoking past and future in a critique of the present, these paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos document observed, current realities while referencing the aesthetic traditions of 19th and 20th-century art. Influenced by Romanticism and Surrealism, science and commerce, these artists envision how the dreams and detritus of the industrial era have generated the promise and peril of the digital age, and explore the potential for adaptation to both the visceral and virtual realities of the future.

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