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Organicism: Nature Functioning Nontraditionally
Organicism: Nature Functioning Nontraditionally
Organicism: Nature Functioning Nontraditionally
Organicism: Nature Functioning Nontraditionally

Exhibition Dates: March 5 - April 20, 2007

As the urbanscape rapidly encroaches on the natural environment, organic form and material is being overcome. While calls to action for environmental welfare are abundant, they are often solely in the name of preserving nature for its functionality as a system. The preservation of the natural environment is unquestionably vital, however it is essential to consider that nature fills the dual-role of both form and function.

The term "organicism" is a philosophy that suggests the whole cannot be defined by the sum of its parts; that the system is important above its components. Organicism questions this philosophy by asking if the intricacies of an individual leaf can be just as intriguing as the entire forest.  In this context the exhibition celebrates all that occurs naturally for the sake of aesthetic and personal experience.  Artists examine their own existence in relation to how they experience organic form and material. Organicism: Nature Functioning Nontraditionally  provides a multi-sensory account of these complex relationships; relationships that have gone beyond the bounds of how we have traditionally understood nature.

Curated by: Tannar Veatch