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Expect the unexpected — that’s sound advice for viewing the “Joo Lee Kang: Unnaturally Beautiful” exhibition, on display at the University of New Hampshire’s Museum of Art from Nov. 1 to Dec. 16.

Mastering the detail of Audubon and the precision of Durer, Boston-based artist Joo Lee Kang’s meticulously rendered ballpoint pen drawings of flowers, insects and animals seduce with their lavishly embellished subject matter.

While the viewer is initially charmed by her baroque hand-drawn swags and wreaths reminiscent of Victorian wallpaper, a closer inspection is startling. One notices the turtles may have two heads, the fluffy ducklings four legs. The images reflect Kang’s concerns about genetic engineering, crossbreeding and other human-developed processes to alter nature.

Still Life with Insects #4
Still Life with Insects #4

Kang explains, “By drawing mutated animals and plants, I question nature’s place in the modern context. What is nature? My drawings reflect the ambiguity of such definitions.”

The unnaturally beautiful genetic mutations that Kang creates attract as much as they repel the viewer’s attention, leaving one wondering about human intervention in the natural selection process. Whichever side of the fence you rest on, the show is bound to stimulate reaction.

Kang, earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

— Linda Chestney


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Lana Z Caplan featured on ART ON THE MARQUEE

Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Present ART ON THE MARQUEE
at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center 

415 Summer Street, Boston 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Featuring eight new digital artworks from local Massachusetts artists. Madeleine Altmann, Walking on Ice and Pilgrim Pond, Lana Z. Caplan, Amuse Corey Corcoran, Gutterball Frank Floyd, Brush Strokes...


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