New York, November 30, 2006 – January 6, 2007
Second Nature is the first solo exhibition in New York for Brian Dettmer. Through his re-contextualization of outdated media such as record albums and cassette tapes, Dettmer coaxes new meanings to the forefront of these antiquated modes of communication. In his series of dissected books and maps, the artist uses surgical tools to expose the hidden, fragmented meanings implicit within the recycled objects. Other objects on view in this exhibition include a sculpture in which a life-sized rose bush made entirely from the tape and plastic shells of old video tapes wraps around an iron fence, and an anatomically correct skeleton comprised of altered audio cassettes.