CONNECTING WITH NATURE – VIEWING ROOM — Creative Exchange Agency

CONNECTING WITH NATURE

CONNECTING WITH NATURE

‘Connecting with Nature’ presents a curated selection of works by our diverse international roster of artists, each of whom engages both traditional and non-traditional methods to produce meditative works that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

Working with a broad range of media including sculpture, site-specific installation, architecture, fashion design, film and photography, the artists share an interest in creating works that reflect, evoke or transform elements of the natural world into pure poetic forms in balance with, and inspired by, natural and cultural environments.

Featured artists include DRIFT, which creates delicate kinetic sculptures, immersive installations and performance art pieces that explore the fluctuating relationships between nature, technology and man; David LaChapelle, who is known internationally for his surreal, vibrant and cinematic photographs and fine art, often embracing a profound social message; creative director and curator Neville Wakefield, who conceptualizes multi-platform activations cultivating the intersection of art, design and culture; Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, a pioneer in utilizing 3D printing technology as one of the guiding principles in her sculptural work; landscape designer Lily Kwong, who reconnects people to nature through transformative landscape projects and site-specific botanical art installations; and Marco Brambilla, who creates site-specific video installations and commercial projects characterized by the elaborate and kaleidoscopic re-contextualization of popular and archival imagery.

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FRAGILE FUTURE

DRIFT

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"DRIFT proposes a vision of the future in their signature aesthetics; a distinct mix between hi-tech and poetic imagery. This series is about conveying emotion while simultaneously referring to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life. The project can be seen as a critical yet utopian vision on the future of our planet, where two seemingly opposite evolutions have made a pact to survive."

-Carpenters Workshop Gallery
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THE WASHINGTON POST MAGAZINE

DAVID LACHAPELLE

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“I tried to show the magic of nature with fantasy images to create a sort of storybook, an ideal and spiritual way where the problems of climate change and exploitation of resources don't loom.”

- David LaChapelle
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ELEVATION 1049

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SENSORY SEAS

IRIS VAN HERPEN

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“I don’t see a distinction between nature and technology. They influence each other and they are obviously intertwined in our lives, even in our bodies nowadays. I think they are pure expressions of the dichotomy of our lives.”

- Iris van Herpen
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HIGHLAND PARK ORKADIA

STUDIO LILY KWONG

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"Inspired by the epic landscapes of Orkney, this piece asks Grand Central's hundreds of thousands of daily commuters to slow down and connect — with plant life, their surroundings, their greater community and themselves."

-Lily Kwong
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NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER

IRIS VAN HERPEN

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ANTHROPOCENE

MARCO BRAMBILLA

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“I'm very obsessed with the energy of New York and the idea of the way people behave in the city versus the way they behave in a natural environment. That inspired me to find a way to visualize Central Park in a different way.”

-Marco Brambilla
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