Contemporary art collides with nature in Preternatural, an original exhibition coming to the Canadian Museum of Nature as well as two other venues (Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Patrick Mikhail Gallery) this winter. Curator Dr. Celina Jeffrey wanted to create a “new cultural cartography” of Ottawa with this multi-venue exhibit, putting contemporary art in new places to appeal to a wider audience. And what a thrill it is to see.
Preternatural is all about the unknown as the artists, both local and international, explore their own particular version of nature. Ottawa native Andrew Wright describes his piece — a fusion of photography and sculpture inspired by his trips to the Arctic — as “a place of real confusion, where everything is profoundly disoriented and you don’t know which way is up.” German-born Mariele Neudecker, now of the U.K., uses chemical glass spheres and images of lighthouses to portray a mysterious, yet sublime, landscape. And Gatineau native Marie-Jeanne Musiol has created cosmic-like images using electromagnetic photography to catch leaves from Gatineau Park in a magnetic field. (more…)