MAC is pleased to present Visions of Biophilia, an exhibition of works by Gregory Brellochs, Jenna Hannum and Brooke Hine, who all share a fascination with the living world in its many forms and sources.
Drawing from string theory, chaos theory and evolutionary biology, Gregory Brellochs creates visual allegories for phenomena and processes that are by their nature not directly observable. Brellochs’ current body of work looks at the amalgamation of matter and energy in an imagined organic form, in which the forces of construction and deconstruction define a transient object.
For her series Misbegotten Sea Creatures, Jenna Hannum initially drew inspiration from unusual ball-shaped root structures she had discovered. What began as undifferentiated cells drawn in graphite began to evolve into organisms, which then required invented means of propulsion and digestion. Misbegotten Sea Creatures is now an evolving series depicting imaginary new species in a phylum of Hannum’s invention. As creatures are discovered, they establish their place within their phylum’s taxonomy, echoing evolution and discovery in the natural world.
Brooke Hine‘s abstract porcelain sculptures share a similar connection to natural phenomena – biology, anatomy, and objects found in nature that speak to the cycle of life and death. The forms Hine builds evoke brain corals, seed pods, cells or husks – beginnings and endings and the traces life leaves, at the bottom of sea beds, in the fossil record or just under the loamy soil, waiting to push through.