Seed to Soil to Seed: Ad Infinitum | The Scrap Exchange | Arts | Indy Week

Seed to Soil to Seed: Ad Infinitum 

When: Aug. 18-Sept. 9
Price: Free

Reception: Fri, Aug 18, 6-9 p.m.

It's said that some authors continue to speak to our times long after their deaths, and that's certainly the case with Henry David Thoreau—not just figuratively but literally. The transcendentalist essayist died in 1862 but has continued to publish new works in modern times, such as The Dispersion of Seeds. Thoreau's final research project, dealing with the natural selection of plants through a Darwinian lens, it was brought out for the first time in the 1990s. The 150-year-old seeds Thoreau dispersed in it continue to blow around and find fertile soil, now sprouting in an installation in the Scrap Exchange's Cameron Gallery. Taking inspiration from Thoreau's treatment of "fly-away seeds," installation artist Sara Good, of Memphis, Tennessee, festoons the gallery with botanical, found, and handmade matter to illustrate the intersecting loops and lines along which biological life elegantly destroys and creates itself. After this opening reception, the exhibit runs through the ninth of September. —Brian Howe

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