Poly_Lawn_Dale: Update 3

Poly-Lawn-Dale, by Ned Dodington at Lawndale Art Center, Houston Tx, Opening Reception Friday, January 22, 2010 from 6:30–8:30 PM, Artist Talks at 6 PM

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by Ned Dodington
at Lawndale Art Center, Houston Tx

Opening Reception
Friday, January 22, 2010 from 6:30–8:30 PM,
Artist Talks at 6 PM

For the installation at Lawndale Ned Dodington will fill the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery with pods of grass seed and potting soil left to grow into green, verdant, almost hairy, living sculptures. Poly-Lawn-Dale is at once intricately designed and totally unplanned. Here, human intervention is visible and also erased by the whimsy of living grass.

Dodington states, “ ‘Nature has never been natural’ and as our global economy and global populations continue to expand and intertwine the distinction between what were once thought to be the natural and cultural worlds become less and less clear. Furthermore, with continued movements towards social equality, and environmental responsibility, the vanguard of social activism is centered around bio-politics and ethics.  It is becoming less and less clear what makes us Human and exactly why we find that so important. Poly-Lawn-Dale will explore these issues with a highly artificial/natural installation. Poly-Lawn-Dale will show that by recontextualizing the natural and the cultural we can begin to understand new ways of being in a complex and multi-natural world.

More information at Lawndale Center for the Arts

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