Practical Knowledge , held in the Joutras Gallery at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, combines scientific knowing with artistic making, by reinterpreting the tradition of botanical illustration. Historically the purpose of natural history art was to assist scientists in their work of identifying, describing, classifying and naming a species. As the sciences have developed so too has the artwork.
This group show explores the ways scientific protocols, information, and technologies allow us to expand our perceptions of nature. The show will include chromatography prints from fiber artist Hannah Blevens whose research engages with natural plant pigments, Derrick Schultz and Anna Ridler whose artistic practices explore machine learning through the manipulation of plant imagery, and designers Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Sascha Pohflepp’s speculative species.