Altering Nature
Pictures of a Changing Environment

Tracey Morgan Gallery

Curated by Diana C. Stoll

Altering Nature: Pictures of a Changing Environment is an investigation into the evolving relations between humans and our natural surroundings. It is a visual story told through the eyes of ten photographers, each communicating a unique and urgent message about the environment. Emmet Gowin’s stunning taxonomic project Mariposas Nocturnas considers the seemingly infinite variety and beauty of insects, while his son Elijah Gowin records the abstracted trajectories of soaring fireflies; both Gowins are examining species that are in peril from deforestation and development. Dornith Doherty photographs the ghostlike shapes of coyotes visiting her suburban backyard—their newly adopted habitat; and in her remarkable Archiving Eden project, she looks at seedbanks around the globe, suggesting a future in which parts of nature survive only in the form of archive. Ron Tarver's photographs seem to show unfamiliar planets, but are actually images of specks of sand. Other artists in Altering Nature explore the impact of industry and urban encroachment on the landscape, and contemplate the possibility that our visual understanding of nature will one day be drawn entirely through the lens of the surveillance camera. The works in this exhibition cover a range of techniques and media—from straight photography to video, lenticular prints, and cameraless imagery. Together, the images in Altering Nature offer a disquieting message about humans’ role in the past, present, and future of the environment.

Tracey Morgan Gallery
188 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
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