Museum of (Un)Natural History

Work Gallery, NY

The Museum of (Un) Natural History is a collection of environments that have all been drastically physically and/or psychologically changed by human intervention. Using mostly synthetic materials, noxious chemicals, and items culled from the trash or found on the street, Holleman creates models of parks, empty lots, nostalgic structures and architectural futures.  Each miniaturized landscape represents and critiques our consumptive habits and land use, the visual results of which are both fantastical and grim.  Hazardous threats to the environment’s natural balance overwhelm the landscapes, leaving an eerie beauty in the wake of irreversible destruction.

In a truck lot adjacent to the Museum is Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park, a “portable, natural, public park” inside an RV trailer.  The interior is an actual park, where visitors go inside to go outside.  Masonry paths, a waterfall, and the splendor of living shrubs, trees are ready for dispatch to wherever a green refuge is needed.