New York

Nina Katchadourian

DEBS & Co.

Nina Katchadourian’s recent work, documented in photographs and videotapes, consists of trivial or inept “repairs” to flora and fauna, suggesting the efforts of a clueless (if well-intentioned) field biologist. In Renovated Mushroom (Tip-Top Tire Rubber Patch Kit) (all works 1998), the naturally occurring cracks on mushroom surfaces have been fixed with multicolored tire patches, converting the caps into ridiculous-looking polka-dotted tuffets; in Transplant, a plant’s missing leaves have been replaced with membranous insect wings, restoring its symmetry but turning it into a part-animal, part-vegetable monstrosity. Combining the callous experimentation of H.G. Wells’s Dr. Moreau with the suburban puttering of Martha Stewart, these projects also send up Andy Goldsworthy’s intricate arrangements of rocks and leaves, which typically appear in arcadian settings for optimum photographic effect.

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