Peter Nadin: Taxonomy Transplanted, an exhibition of paintings on handmade paper, is currently on view at The Horticultural Society of New York. The exhibition continues through Feb. 8.
Like much of his recent work, this series of paintings was created on Old Field Farm in Greene County, NY, and is inspired and facilitated by the farm’s plants, livestock, products, activities, and landscape. Since he started farming in 1989, Nadin’s art practice has increasingly overlapped with the day-to-day responsibilities of the farm. Taxonomy Transplanted, which is accompanied by a book and a short film, continues Nadin’s exploration of this relationship between art and farming with a focus on consciousness, gesture, and landscape themes that were integral to his prior body of work, First Mark. Where as the paintings and sculptures in First Mark sought to identify the artist’s consciousness within the basic impulse of mark-making, these new works explore the consciousness of plants, animals, and the landscape.