Humans are a feeble lot. We rule over two worlds, the manufactured and the natural, but we understand neither: Were as lost in the wilderness as we are in an operating system. The international touring group exhibit Trying to Cope with Things That Arent Human explores the rocky intersection of these two spaces, and our failures in both, with art that leans toward the wry. In Alan Curralls video, Word Processing, a man tries to train a microprocessor like a dog. Mariele Neudeckers Heaven the Sky features a stunning sculpture of an icy mountain range, with atmosphere, enclosed in a tank. Heather and Ivan Morisons series, Study for Earthwalker, finds architectural forms drawn onto photos of animals, and Johanna Hällstens sound installation has someone teaching Chinese to a bird. Curator Ian Brown, for his part, offers us two cars, a real one parked outside the gallery and a replica parked inside. Eventually I will rust and die, the window sticker proclaims a message that applies to everything and everyone, no matter which world they call home.
Jan. 22-Feb. 28, 2009