September 29, 2012 - January 2, 2013
Organized by Glenbow Museum
Glenbow is pleased to present this exhibition featuring the work of Calgary artist Jennifer Wanner. Included are sections of Florilegium, an extended project that has been her major focus for four years.
The word florilegium literally means a gathering of flowers, but also an anthology of choice selections. Wanner has selected the six most commonly genetically modified plants, gathers their images from the Internet and collages them into invented plant forms. The centerpiece of the exhibition is an exquisitely delicate yet disquieting stop-motion animation of these bizarre hybrids as they gracefully grow, propagate and consume each other to the music of early twentieth century French composer and pianist Eric Satie. As well, five maquettes for watercolours and four rubbings are on display along with a case featuring an arrangement of Wanner's cut-out cast of characters.
At first glance, Wanner's creations look uncannily like historic botanical illustrations or pressed specimens in a herbarium. She employs the same skills that early botanists used to advance science: intense observation, a most delicate touch and the ability to make precise recordings. Wanner's re-enactment of the scientific process somehow goes awry. Images of plants thriving without roots or eating their mothers give us pause as we consider the scientific manipulation of our own time.