Ned Dodington Poly-Lawn-Dale

January 22, 2010 – February 27, 2010 Gracie R. Cavnar Gallery

“Nature has never been natural*” and as our global economy and global populations continue to expand and intertwine the distinction between what were once thought to be the natural and cultural worlds becomes less and less clear. Furthermore, with the continued movements toward social equality, and environmental responsibility, the vanguard of social activism today has re-center around bio-politics and ethics. It is becoming less and less clear what exactly makes us Human and why exactly we find that so important.

Poly-Lawn-Dale will explore these issues with the installation of a highly artificial/natural installation of living objects. In the thirty-some nylon-stocking-filled pods of grass seed and potting soil, the sculpture is simply allowed to grow from black pods into green, verdant, almost hairy, living sculptures. Poly-Lawn-Dale hopes to visibly render those invisible forces that influence the shape and success of everyday life and to show that by recontextualizing the natural and the culture we can begin to understand new ways of being in a complex and multi-natural world.

*Quote from Paul Rabinow.