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Talia Greene

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Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Talia Greene’s multimedia work explores the ambivalent relationship between humans and the natural world. In theHoney Bee series, the photographs hint at the plight of the insect rather than the threatening connotation that images of bees may provoke. With their vacant backgrounds, these intimate portraits resemble the distanced view offered by scientific illustrations, yet invite a sympathetic response to the tiny creatures. The bees look vulnerable, as if recoiling, turning away or trying to avoid the gaze of the viewer. Their poses mimic the uncomfortable postures humans take when confronted with something perceived as a pest or nuisance. Greene’s photographs challenge our irrational fears and misconceptions so that we may focus on the importance of bees to the health and survival of our environment.

Greene’s work incorporates photography, digital printing and drawing. She has had recent solo or two-person exhibitions at Electric Works, San Francisco, CA; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; American University Museum, Washington, DC; Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA; and the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, PA. Greene has taught and lectured at institutions such as the University of the Arts and Drexel University and has curated exhibitions for Chela in Baltimore, MD. She received an MFA from Mills College and a BA in art from Wesleyan University.

Honey Bee, 2009 (details)

Honey Bee, 2009 (details)

Honey Bee, 2009 (details)

Honey Bee, 2009 (installation view)

Honey Bee, 2009 (installation view)


Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.