Jonathan Singer Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants
Date(s) - 05/03/2015 - 06/21/2015
Exhibition Period: May 3 – June 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 3, 2015, 4 – 6 p.m.
Gallery Talk Sunday, May 31st at 2 p.m.
What will be the photographic role of the artist in the natural sciences for the rest of the twenty-first century? With every leap forward of technology and exploration, I have observed that the boundaries of science and art intersect. While it is the role of science to quantify and verify the new frontier, it is the artist who leads us into the unknown. With my photographs I try to transcend the medium and see the subject itself. My aim is to make the viewer forget he or she is looking at a photograph and begin a deeper journey. The resulting images seem to strike an inner chord and resonate with unexpected emotion. The limited edition Botanica Magnifica, consisting of five hand-bound volumes, was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. The extra-large “double-elephant” format of that edition was chosen in homage to the famous double-elephant folio of Audubon’s Birds of America, and indeed, Botanica Magnifica is one of the few works of natural history ever to rival Audubon’s magnum opus in its scope and artistry. Thus, Botanica Magnifica is at home both on the walls of art museums and shelved with reference books in the scientific libraries for generations to come-hence the fusion of art and science.