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Brian Collier, "81 Cubic Inches", installation view, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2001.

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Brian Collier, \   I'll Have a Starling
2003
Brian Collier, Installation view, Room 305 Gallery, IL, 2002.   The Orange Grove Project
2002
Brian Collier, \   Some Properties of Water
2003
Brian Collier, detail of \   81 Cubic Inches
2001
Brian Collier, \   Rock Collecting Project
2000
Brian Collier, \   A Cubic Foot of Earth
2000

Brian Collier

Brian Collier's science and art installations glow with archival, museum quality, but the information gathered speaks to the conceptual challenges of presenting wild "nature" and environmental impacts through formalized cultural conventions.

The ecological consequences of the introduction of the English Starling to New York City's Central Park in 1890, provide a forum for the artist to explore the influence of Shakespeare, Mozart and the Acclimation Society of North America on the rapid spread of this invasive bird.

The demise of a California orange grove due to a housing development, inspires an installation exploring "the 'nature' that is most accessible to humans in contemporary societies: in parks, zoos, natural history museums, back yards, and agricultural areas. It is isolated, analyzed, filtered, dissected, categorized, classified, idealized, and edited."

A collection of ocean samples in "Some Properties of Water", inspires the artist to question whether the gallery installation is ultimately erasing the water's "ocean-ness in this act of removing its 'vastness' and its 'enigma'? By removing many different samples from their original contexts and displaying them together in a homogeneous manner, can I produce a situation where ocean and puddle evoke the same perceptual experience?"

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