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The natural and the artificial

A curated international photography exhibition

August 5–27, 2023                                                                               newsletter


A PH21 Gallery Exhibition in ART150 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Seasons 4: Frost on My Window
Once Upon a Time No. 2
Fear of the Dark
No Escape From Paradise #27
As The Crow Flies
34th Street
Pandemic Shadows 92
Sweet sweet 60’s No. 3
Pouring Light
Mind's Eye
Rose 3a
Between Gardens, Levens Hall, England
Nature Dead 9
Branches Across Tokyo Art Center
Android Puddle
Route du Désert 3
Castor & Pollux
Grass in the City 3
1mn 30s before midnight

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The natural and the artificial are diametrically opposed concepts that evoke contrasting ideas such as organic versus geometric, spontaneous versus designed, instinctive versus deliberate, wild versus tamed, and more. However, there exists a continuum between these opposing forces, manifesting in the form of tamed nature like gardens or abandoned spaces being reclaimed by nature, for instance. The interplay, cross-border interactions, struggles, and coexistences of the two at these junctures provide unique experiences to explore, especially in the visual realm. Throughout the history of the medium, photographers have been drawn to the creative possibilities of capturing, interpreting, and presenting the natural, the artificial, and their many intertwined forms. Images of these subjects are among the most captivating ways of elucidating our intricate and often conflicting relationship with our environment. By exploring and depicting the natural and the artificial in all their varied forms, photographers can offer us insight into the complexities of the world we inhabit.


Curator's choice

Raheleh Mohammad: Hands

Honourable mentions

Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith: Seasons 4: Frost on My Window

Simone Madeo: Untitled (From the series 'Variations')

Fern L. Nesson: Once Upon a Time No. 2

Exhibiting photographers

Marea Atkinson (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), Susan Borowitz (West Harrison, NY, USA), Lindsay Brice (New York, NY, USA), Eva Brunner (Berlin, Germany), Robert Cadena (Jersey City, NJ, USA), Suzette Dushi (New York, NY, USA), Laurie Toby Edison (San Francisco, CA, USA), Szabina Farkas B. (Pécs, Hungary), Sari Fried-Fiori (Katy, TX, USA), Mindy Gluck (Jersey City, NJ, USA), Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith (Grand Forks, ND, USA), Stephanie Guillen (Lake Hiawatha, NJ, USA), Erin Hillery (Springfield, MO, USA), Terry Irwin (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Gary Justis (Bloomington, IL, USA), Alison Lake (Monterey, C, USA), Simone Madeo (Alessandria, Italy), Jose Ney Mila Espinosa (Kissimmee, FL, USA), Raheleh Mohammad (Cleveland, OH, USA), Robert Morrissey (Portland, OR, USA), Fern L. Nesson (Cambridge, MA, USA), Nancy Oliveri (New York, NY, USA), Karen Safer (Playa del Rey, CA, USA), Joel Simpson (Union, NJ, USA), Dina Sirat (Netanya, Israel), Lev L. Spiro (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Eszter Varga (Kecel, Hungary) Ingrid-Nathalie Wizun (Montreuil, France), Georg Worecki (Daleiden, Germany)

This PH21 Gallery exhibition is presented in the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City, NJ, USA, in collaboration with Pro Arts Jersey City, a renowned NYC Metro centre and artist community for the visual arts. Pro Arts' ART150 Gallery is located minutes from NYC via PATH and the Grove St. station.

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