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David Weinberg @ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

David Weinberg: Mr. Wild’s Garden
Jan 9 – Apr 16

Artist Talk and Walk Through Tuesday, Jan 26, 6:30PM

Mr. Wild’s Garden recalls an elderly neighbor from the artist’s childhood, who isolated himself in a house swallowed up by weeds and secrecy. Weinberg’s memories of Mr. Wild, shrouded in alluring mystery, served as a catalyst for this narrative series of photographs. They are an attempt at literally picturing the world through a hidden man’s eyes.

Staged in abandoned greenhouses in Wisconsin, the thirty-one images capture elements of suspense and psychological voyeurism, granting us the unique perspective of simultaneously looking in and peering out. As the viewer traverses through the series, more questions arise than answers. Who are these figures in Mr. Wild’s world? Are they figments of his imagination? Or are they memories of family and friends? Does his dilapidated house act as a fortress that keeps out the world? Is the dying foliage a refusal to acknowledge the passage of time? Or does Mr. Wild embody self-acceptance? Is solitude his contentment? Has he come to accept the inevitability of mortality?

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States Type:

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