On view now at Howard House in Seattle is the photographic series Animal Logic by artist Richard Barnes. The ongoing series documents the strange world of the natural history museum, depicting crates of stuffed animals, large environmental sets and scenes of objects mysteriously wrapped in clear plastic. The artist’s investigation of the museum calls into question the ideas of collection, preservation and display, as well as viewer relation and understanding of the natural world. Physically, the photos are large-scale and as full of wonder as the actual exhibitions that they document. The images carefully convey the mystery and fragility of these now man-made structures and translates the inherent beauty of both the objects and the display.
Barnes regularly contributes to magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, and works as a nationally celebrated architectural and archeological photographer. In 2005, the artist was the recipient of the Rome Prize, and has now exhibited works at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others.