The Museum of Unnatural History, the current group exhibition at ClampArt, is a poke at the belief that there is anything at all natural about natural history museums. The exhibition of photographs and paintings was initially inspired by dioramas by Lori Nix that depict scenes of artifice from imaginary museums, the artifice that results from a human need to collect and categorize. Thus the animal kingdom is rarely portrayed as naturally as it occurs. The works in this tongue-in-cheek exhibition give us insight into the collectors, rather than the collected.
The Museum of Unnatural History runs through April 10, 2010 at ClampArt in New York.
Yellow Honeyeaters (Lichenostomus flavus) by Justine Cooper
Cream Filled by Jason DeMarte
Bird Mix by Marisol Villanueva