Amy Drezner: Revenge Effects–Blight Resistance Artist Project Series

Main Gallery Oct 9–Dec 20, 1998

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Oct 9–Dec 20, 1998





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Amy Drezner, Revenge Effects—Blight Resistance, 1998, Installation view (detail)

Revenge Effects was a meditation on ecology and the aesthetics of control–an exploration of the human impulse to manipulate nature for design purposes. Drezner’s multimedia installation, a constructed formal allée, triggered viewer associations through an unabashedly synthetic (albeit elegant) form while making reference to nature’s backlash–the catastrophic blights and diseases that have afflicted numerous tree species over the past century. Drezner unveiled a chilling, yet practical alternative to our historical preoccupation with governing nature, one that acknowledges the extent to which our perceptions of nature are shaped by style.