By Richard Barnes
A buffalo stands horns to go with a guy who's flippantly vacuuming the snow-covered plains underneath its toes. A herd of plastic-wrapped zebras surrounds a giraffe, whereas a guy on scaffolding above paints them a beautiful trompe l'oeil sky.Photographer Richard Barnes has spent greater than ten years documenting the best way we gather, comprise, and catalog the flora and fauna. Barnes's behind-the-scenes images are haunting reminders that there's not anything ordinary a couple of ordinary historical past museum.
Animal Logic, Barnes's first monograph, collects 4 similar species of his photographic paintings that contact on topics correct to technological know-how, heritage, archaeology, and structure. via his lens, points of interest and items in general hidden from public view—half-installed dioramas, partly wrapped specimens, anatomical types, exploded skulls, and taxidermied animals in delivery crates—take on a wierd attractiveness. Barnes peels again layers ofartifice to bare the tangle of artistry, craftsmanship, and curatorial judgements within each real looking diorama and meticulously prepared glass case. Animal Logic investigates either the human wish to build synthetic worlds for "the wild" and the haunting and poignant worlds the genuine wild constructs. Barnes's digicam freezes migrating starlings to bare the visible poetry hidden within their dense formations. His outstanding images of birds' nests made out of detritus—string, plastic, milkweed, tinsel, hair, dental floss, pine needles—sculpturally include our usually complex courting with nature. Animal Logic provides greater than a hundred and twenty of Barnes's photos and comprises essays through Jonathan Rosen of the New York Times and curator Susan Yelavich, which discover the subjects that emerge from Barnes's designated physique of labor.