San Francisco Exhibitions: Scott Serrano’s Picturesque Flora Wallaceana

San Francisco Exhibitions: Scott Serrano’s Picturesque Flora Wallaceana
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Electric Works is pleased to present Scott Serrano’s Picturesque Flora Wallaceana : Botanical Ambulations In Greater Wallaceana 1854- 1857 a fabricated 19th Century science narrative about the tropical island of Wallaceana as an installation of images, text and artifacts.

San Francisco Exhibitions Scott Serrano's Picturesque Flora Wallaceana

Scott Serrano Limbaugh’s Arum, 2013 10 1/8″ x 7 3/4″ Watercolor, Pen, Ink

This invented landscape is named after the great 19th Century naturalist and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace, the lesser known co-discoverer of the theory of evolution. Serrano, places himself as a character in the narrative and documents the terrain with drawings, travel journals, artifacts, faux plant specimens and fabricated photographs.

In an homage to 19th century traditions of botanical exploration and in a critique of objective scientific representation, Serrano uses his invented island to illustrate a series of brief parables about modern human moral frailty and current social-political battles. Serrano’s lavish botanical drawings are in the style of Gothic-Romantic traditions of painting and scientific illustration.

Electric Works 
1360 Mission Street, First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
415 626 5496  www.sfelectricworks.com

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