New exhibition Natural Artifice opens in the Glass Tank

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

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A new group exhibition of photography will open in the Glass Tank from Monday 22 January.

The exhibition, entitled Natural Artifice: Architecture, Photography and the Construction of Reality, explores how images influence the construction and understanding of architecture, and considers what architecture may learn from photography and other fields.

Photography has become the most popular vehicle through which we learn about and disseminate knowledge, experience, and aspirations of buildings and spaces.

Frederik Petersen, Associate Lecturer, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

The exhibition is curated by Frederik Petersen, Associate Lecturer in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, and Entreentre - a digital publication and podcast platform on architecture and image. 

Frederik Petersen said: "Photography has become the most popular vehicle through which we learn about and disseminate knowledge, experience, and aspirations of buildings and spaces. With the Natural Artifice exhibition we want to question the traditional hierarchy where representations are seen as something secondary and derivative compared to this thing we call actual, material reality."

Natural Artifice consists of work by a group of ten practitioners and contemporary artists, which explores how spatial practices and photography overlap in their engagement with lifelike images.

Man With Rabbit Natural Artifice Glass Tank 800x450A limited edition screen printed pamphlet, designed by John Phillip Sage and printed by Entreentre Press, will be available at the exhibition. The pamphlet features text by Neil Bennun, Sam Lynch and Frederik Petersen as well as images from the exhibition. 

Natural Artifice is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and The Dreyer Foundation. 

The exhibition opens Monday 22nd January 5.00pm - 7.00pm and runs until Monday 19th February, 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, in the Glass Tank on the Headington Campus. Admission is free and open to all members of the public. 

Further information about Natural Artifice can be found on the EntreentreFacebook page and at entreentre.org.  

Information about other upcoming exhibitions can be found on the Glass Tank webpages.

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Images: Top - Biological Museum, Stockholm (2017) by Frederik Petersen
Middle - Man with Rabbit, Ottawa (2007) by Richard Barnes
Bottom - Mom healing me from my fear of iguanas, by taking me to the part and feeding them every weekend, ca 1994 (2010) by Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira