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The world all around

Artist’s works consider how humans view nature

UNT on the Square has lent its wall space to University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design faculty member David Blow.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 9 and is a retrospective of the artist’s three decades at the university.

Blow uses digital photography to entice the viewer to look closely at the natural world. Over the years, Blow has acted on the unique human impulse to make order out of the entropy of nature.

He has used the image of a bird in flight to create a pattern one might find in fabric or wallpaper. He’s carefully trimmed a part of a photograph, then created a mirror image and merged the two in a single work.

The suggestion is that humankind hasn’t successfully escaped the unpredictable (but beautiful) architecture of nature. Rather, we borrow the hard and soft, the spare and luxurious aspects found in nature, and mold them into objects that are integrated into the oh-so-affected exercise of design.

Blow has carefully constructed images using the raw material he’s found in the places where civilization ends and where what writer Tony Kushner calls “the fussy vegetable preference” for light and soil begins.

UNT on the Square is open today from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 8 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery, located at 109 N. Elm St., will be closed for winter break starting Saturday, reopening on Jan. 2.

For more information, visit http://untonthesquare.unt.edu .

— Lucinda Breeding