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GRIFFIN GALLERY: Stephan Sagmiller – The Clouds
April 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - June 2, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
The Clouds: Experiments in Perception
Photographs by Stephan Sagmiller
A project that questions the definition of nature, Stephan Sagmiller juxtaposes photographs of painted skies from dioramas at the Natural History Museum with actual skies photographed throughout the United States. “It is often the case that individuals define nature vis-à-vis photographs, paintings, and simulations over their own independent observation,” Sagmiller says. He says his juxtaposition of painted and actual skies “unsettles the landscape, opening up space for the viewer to reflect.” He adds, “It is not possible to entirely untangle the concept of nature from landscape photography, the history of painting, or the romantic ideals often embedded in these forms of representation. However, even a small rupture opens up the possibility for reflection and questioning: What is nature? What do we know about nature? How do we know what we know?”