“Digital Gardens”

The Power Plant

“Digital Gardens” was based on the misconception that technology is obliterating the distinction between nature and culture. Completely lacking in irony or self-critique, it couldn’t quite decide whether the changing nature it attempted to chart was the one we like to oppose to culture, or the affective, impersonal force that sends storms in winter and warm weather in summer.

The exhibition’s curator, Louise Dompierre, would have liked to reduce the tongue-in-cheek, nature/culture hybrids of the six artists in the show to well-meaning messages and turgid exposés. But photographer Gregory Crewdson, yBa Mat Collishaw, and heavy-agricultural-machinery fetishist Doug Buis milk the ambiguity of the “natural” to uncanny effect, outmaneuvering the postmodern homogeneity suggested by the show’s title. Crewdson takes lush color photographs of Angela Carter–like suburban vistas, where giant fluorescent

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