Review: Surreal Sculptures Remixing Nature Provoke Environmentalist Concerns / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — Walking down an urban Chicago street on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I noticed a gathering of greenery nestled in the crack of a sidewalk jutting up against a cement wall. These small moments of nature poking through the urban landscape reveal themselves when we are not paying attention to anything particular, but rather reveling in what is alive around us. It is in these moments that Chicago-based artist Jenny Kendler’s work situates itself, wrapping around the mind like a vine crawling up the exterior of a 100-year-old brick building.

Kendler’s latest exhibition, “The Hall of Disappearing,” at Chicago Artists’ Coalition/BOLT Project Space through November 1, is a celebration of the fusion of nature and culture and a thoughtful reflection on how we continually morph and bend nature. Through our mindful interactions with nature, we become further entrenched in it, yet we are painfully aware of its fragility. This is not about Mother Earth or Father Sun; this is about what we human/animal beings have created through our intrusion into and embrace of nature. Kendler suggests that this new natural world is sensorial, temporal, and unsteady as the ground upon which we walk.

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