The first Thursday of each month is the day that many galleries open new shows in San Francisco, so Friday I went to see a few.
Jun Shiraoka, Yokohama, Japan, November 2, 1996
James Welling, 031, 2006
Welling’s abstract plant forms bring to mind the work of Anna Atkins at the very beginning of photographic experimentation. The difference being that Welling’s aim is to create art and Atkins’, as a botanist, aim was to make a record of the plants form for scientific purposes.
Anna Atkins, Woodland Horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)
From it’s earliest days photography and science have been linked. Not only through it’s mechanical and chemical nature, but through a desire to categorize and catalog. Kannisto plays with this relation by “borrowing methods of representation, as well as working methods, from the natural sciences, from anthropological and archaeological practices” when she is making her art.
Sanna Kannisto, Leptophis ahaetulla, 2006
Another reference to 19th century science (this time to Darwin) occurred at Stephen Wirtz Gallery with the non-photographic work of Misako Inaoka. Her sculpture/installation work, The Origin of Species, is a charming combination of Frankensteinian creatures living in a Seussian world.
Misako Inaoka, Evolution Tree, 2007
Misako Inaoka, Feet-antler, (Deer), 2007