The Cross-Pollination Lectures is a series of conversations between artists and botanists that will accompany the exhibition.
Artist and ODU Printmaking Professor Brendan Baylor & Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, MO
With insightful employment of his master printmaking skills, Brendan Baylor layers and excavates his images until they speak of new and old, of travel and loss, of history and the future. He is an artist who gracefully employs any and every combination of techniques his ideas require. From screenprinting, relief printing, monotype, image transfer, and inkjet printing techniques, to the precise inversion of laser engraving, his work is a true marriage of concept and process. Baylor’s focus on the politicization of landscape and ecological implications of human intervention are visible in his work: We see borders, walls, trade routes, damaged ecologies, and lush plant life carefully married together until each discrete work tells a specific story of capitalism and the dangers of human intervention.
Brendan Baylor, American
Orchid House One, 2018
Screenprint with Inkjet Print and Laser Engraving on Paper
Orchids: Attraction & Deception
On view: Feb. 4 - Aug. 1
The work included in this exhibition ranges widely; fitting for an exploration of one of the largest and most diverse plant groups on the planet. From pure botanical fascination to climate change, from historical model-making to collecting and colonization, ten artists approach the orchid from very different angles. The contemporary works are accompanied by astonishing antiquarian illustrations of orchids, generously loaned from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s botanical library.
For more information or to register, visit barryartmuseum.odu.edu. Free and Open to the Public: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Weekends: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Closed Mondays