The German Renaissance painter and theorist Albrecht Dürer advised artists to “Study nature diligently. Be guided by it and do not depart from it, thinking that you can do better yourself.” Dürer believed art to be “hidden in nature” but distinct from it, something that must be revealed by the artist. Periods that followed sought to widen the gap between art and nature; other periods attempted to collapse it entirely. Whatever the approach, it seems the relationship between art and nature has long bedeviled artists. This exhibition offers an olive branch. Commissioned by Fort Makers, 40 artists and designers have made sculptural planters and abstract pots that hold blossoms, curling vines, and cacti. It’s like a series of conversations—wistful, witty, poetic—between earth’s creations and man’s. —C.J.F.
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