Exhibition Announcement: Ryan Thompson, “PLANT ON PREMISES: A Survey by The Department of Natural History”


Nov. 13 – Dec. 12, 2014

PLANT ON PREMISES: A Survey by The Department of Natural Resources
an exhibition by Ryan Thompson

Please join us for an artist lecture on Thursday Nov. 13 from 4-5 in Cheray 101 followed by an opening reception in the McCarthy Gallery from 5-6.

“Impatiens at Valenti Cleaners,” archival inkjet print, 24″ x 16″ 2014

The exhibition PLANT ON PREMISES foregrounds an inconspicuous struggle between industrial and natural processes—between the potted plants and the chemical plants found in dry cleaners shops. Dry-cleaned garments, potted plants, and photographic collages form the basis for an aesthetic investigation into these two very different types of plants.

Ryan Thompson lives and works in Chicago, IL where he is an artist and Associate Professor of Art & Design at Trinity Christian College. His ongoing ‘Department of Natural History’ projects engage a range of complex and peculiar relationships between humans and the natural world. His projects have been featured in Cabinet Magazine, Fotograf Magazine, Making the Geologic Now (Punctum Books), Format P Magazine, Reframing Photography (Routledge), and National Parks magazine. His work has been exhibited internationally, including EYEBEAM (New York), Gallery Analix Forever (Geneva), Links Hall (Chicago), Evanston Art Center (Chicago), Root Division (San Francisco), ACRE projects (Chicago), Mila Kunstgalerie (Berlin), and Lease Agreement (Baltimore). More info at: http://departmentofnaturalhistory.com and