A Peek at Our World: Regional Artists Chart Natural Patterns in Organic Cartography
DOVER – Traversing our Earth from varying aerial and x-ray perspectives, Organic Cartography, a Gallery 6 art exhibition at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, highlights the similarities between seemingly disparate natural elements. On view through January 3, 2019, the nine included artists navigate with texture, pattern, scale, and line, and explore the structures of forests, storm systems, constellations, geology, biological forms, and much more.
Imaginative vantage points turn crowds into colorful dots, and stone surfaces into topographical maps. Harmony is found between the channels in wood bored by beetles, and the arrangement of trees in a landscape from above. In these ways, Organic Cartography gently guides viewers to the tension that exists between the perceived randomness and beautiful organization that is found everywhere in nature. “By adjusting the spacial distance between the viewer and the subject, like using a microscope, binoculars, or diving into a cross-section, we re-frame our surroundings,” notes CMNH Gallery 6 Curator Julia Kirchmer. “This process both ignites our curiosity, and prompts us to make new connections between ourselves and our world. Order and chaos, in fact, go more hand-in-hand than one would think.”
Many of the included artists also investigate the impact of the human footprint on the natural landscape through their work. “Perhaps some of these concerns are reflected in the careful sensitivity of their observations,” said Kirchmer. Technology’s mediation of human communication and connection to one another and to our land, as well as themes of surveillance and isolation, are additional considerations by these artists.
Participating artists include: Matthew Boehm (Hopkinton, NH), Kyle Browne (Boston, MA), Jackie Brown (Brunswick, ME), Kayla Goulden (Portland, ME), Kate Higley (Eliot, ME), Sarah Hulsey (Somerville, MA), Nathalie Miebach (Boston, MA), Suzanne Pretty (Farmington, NH), and Miranda Updike (Ipswich, MA).
A reception will be held on Friday, November 2 from 5-7pm at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire during Dover’s monthly Art Walk. No admission fee is required to view the art in Gallery 6. Regular admission applies for families who wish to also explore the rest of the Museum. To learn more about this art exhibition or about the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire please visit www.childrens-museum.org.
About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org