Examines the natural world with Nature²
at Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago
Victoria Fuller’s sculpture explores nature from all angles – underground, above ground, outer space and inner space. In an exhibition at Packer Schopf Gallery, Fuller offers a multilayer investigation of environmental systems. Aptly titled Nature², Fuller’s sculptures alternately depict organic and manmade structures, illustrating both nature’s abundance and the dire consequences of human interference. Figurative representations of untouched flora and fauna juxtapose ecological carelessness and exploitation. For example, the hibernating chipmunks of Deep Down starkly contrast Factory Farm’s caged chickens. Viewed as a collection, Fuller’s artwork simultaneously examines nature’s inherent harmony and the human tendency to control it.
Nature² marks a departure in Fuller’s artwork. While prior sculpture re-appropriated common, manufactured objects to subtly reveal environmental motifs, the Nature² collection interprets the natural world via more literal construction. Direct depictions of organic elements - whether among earth and grass or human-implemented industrial piping – allow Fuller to investigate systems impacted by man’s activity in a widely-understandable manner. Though distinct, Fuller’s newer sculpture remains interconnected with her found object-based artwork. Each body of work informs the other, fully illuminating the universal experience of life on earth.
Nature² - Victoria Fuller
Packer Schopf Gallery
upstairs exhibition room
942 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL
Reception: Friday, June 6, 5:00-8:00 PM
Show runs June 6 through July 12, 2014