Currently on exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery is the show titled “Until The Kingdom Comes” by Norwegian photographer Simen Johan. The exhibition, from an ongoing body of work that Johan began in 2006, uses large scale photography to draw the viewer into an unearthly and sometimes unsettling sense of the natural world. The oversized imagery depicts animals at nearly life size and, by incorporating minute details, encourages viewers to explore the animal's environment and to examine our own relationships to the natural world.
Photographing live animals in zoos and farms and occasionally using road kill or taxidermic animals, Johan seeks to “confuse the boundaries between opposing forces, such as the familiar and the otherworldly, the natural and the artificial, the amusing and the eerie.” Frequently employing the use of Photoshop, Johan mixes the human environment into the natural world to recreate sweet, yet disturbing images designed to invoke strong emotions. One image is a combination of a stunning yet elderly American bison amidst a dirtied scene that looks like a landfill; another image includes a collage of ball pythons composed as if on dead branches in front of a beautiful rock face.
The exhibition will open on November 17 and continue until February 17. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place at 5:30pm on Friday, November 16. More information can be found on the David Winton Bell Gallery website. Bill Van Siclen wrote a review of the exhibition in the Providence Journal.
Continuing its long-standing relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery, Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition invitation, poster, installation graphics, exterior sign, and banner for the exhibition.