Art Focus on 09/25/08
Julie Bernard's guest is Hillary Pfeiffer whose current show at Ogle Gallery is called Natural Selection. She describes it as an installation within an installation. The exterior is a simple structure that will resemble the greenhouses you would find in a botanical garden. Inside the greenhouse are around a hundred small sculptures resembling Japanese Bonsai. In that ancient art form, humans create a miniature version of the world. My bonsai, however, will 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 will reflect our freedom to cross boundaries such as race, age, and gender. Each piece will present a different look at courtship, intimacy, and relationships. Using line and exaggerated forms, I will allude to body types or psychological characteristics. I will look to many sources for inspiration including Darwin’s writings pertaining specifically to plants, modern challenges to evolution theory of natural and sexual selection, erotica and contemporary nonfiction, singles ads, interviews, personal experience, and art history.