Offbeat Artworks Explore a World Gone Wrong

UnNatural Disasters Exhibit Opens March 28 in Visual Arts Building

March 24, 2008

UT Dallas will host UnNatural Disasters, an art exhibit curated by faculty member Greg Metz, March 28 – April 25.

Metz describes the exhibition as “an artists’ commentary on a world, which, as a result of anomaly, misinterpretation, appropriation, manipulation, exploitation or neglectful intervention, has had its fate altered from the norm.”

The exhibition in the Main Gallery of the University’s Visual Arts Building is free and open to the public.

Artists in UnNatural Disasters include Yasser Aggour, Andy Amato, Rita Barnard, Elaine Bradford, Julien Diehn, Brandon Kennedy, Victor Offen, Nick Oberthaler, Betty Washington and the artist duo Animal Charm.

Artists in this group exhibition use a variety of processes. “From dystopian global conundrums, to bio-engineering fright shows, to bad hair days, this show lends a creative perspective to disasters bordered by witness, humor and speculation,” Metz says.

According to Metz, “‘Natural’ has become a confused idiom in our culturally redefined habitat. Disasters that could once be attributed to the forces of nature are now, more often than not, attributed to human intervention in ways that are anything but ‘natural.’ This exhibition features artists – from as far away as Vienna – whose works grapple with how this scene is transforming the very definition of what is ‘natural.’ Works include video, digital photography, painting and sculptural installation.”

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

More information about the event is available at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0708/unnatural.htm.

The Visual Arts Building is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UT Dallas, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787) or e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu. People with disabilities in need of special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.


Media contact: Kristi Barrus, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2972, kristi.barrus@utdallas.edu
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“From dystopian global conundrums, to bio-engineering fright shows, to bad hair days, this show lends a creative perspective to disasters bordered by witness, humor and speculation,” the curator says. The above work is by Brandon Kennedy.

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