David Almeida: Natural Selection
Dec. 12, 2009 – Jan. 17, 2010
Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 11, 6-9 pm
This exhibition is part of a larger series entitled “Natural Selection,” a term borrowed from Charles Darwin denoting the theory of evolution. David Almeida has spent the last few years exploring the ideas of artificiality and replication, and how these concepts are a reflection of contemporary culture. A satirical interpretation of the term “Natural Selection,” Almeida’s work implements artificial objects and composes them into recognizable pictorial traditions, typically set aside for the scientific study of flora and fauna. This work uses as its point of departure prints depicting the collection of Albertus Seba, an early eighteenth-century collector of natural specimens.
Aptly timed with the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth, Natural Selection will include Almeida’s most recent work that pulls together a variety of elements historically contextualizing the work, while leaving a contemporary message.
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Funding for the 09/10 visual arts season is provided in part by Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, and a grant from Funding Arts Broward.