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May 17, 2007 to August 23, 2007

Carol McHarg: Design Against Nature

Satellite Gallery
The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 3rd Floor

Employing her background as a landscape architect, Carol McHarg engages the subjects of geology, cartography, and land development as well the subject of landscape in the history of art on equal terms. McHarg asks the viewer to question the impact of engineering and design on the environment, while questioning the accepted formal conventions of landscape painting established in 19th century Romanticism.

From an exaggeration of perspective to the denial of perspective itself--combined with flattened symbolic elements derived from cartography--McHarg alters the landscape to become a material manifestation of the relations between humans and their environments, and a product of the dialectic of biophysical environments and culture.

McHarg received a M.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Studio for Advanced Studies from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. McHarg also studied painting under the artist Osvaldo Romberg from 1998 to 2001. Recent selected exhibitions include: Portraits, Finalist in Juried Online Exhibition (2007); Digitations, ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy (2006); The Post Modern Landscape, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL (2006), Just Paint, ARTROM Gallery, Online Exhibition (2006); The National Arts Club, Online Exhibition (2006). Her work has been included at: The Supper Club, Rome, Italy (2004); The White Box, Philadelphia (2002); and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (1999). McHarg has a studio in Philadelphia and commutes to New York to teach landscape design at Columbia University. Her work is in several collections in Italy and the United States. She is the author of the best selling book Nature’s Design, published by Rodale Press, in which she explains how to design with nature.

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