MAY 15 - JUNE 21, 2014


Yichen Zhou, Untitled (2012).

Sabine Mirlesse, Untitled from Going Home/Dust/Ashes (2008).

Kechun Zhang, Untitled from The Yellow River (2010-2013).

Yichen Zhou, Untitled (2012).


Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Curated by Grace Noh


Gallery HO is pleased to present Against Nature, an exhibition of recent photographic works by Sabine Mirlesse, Kechun Zhang, and Yichen Zhou, on display May 15 – June 21, 2014. From deserts in Inner Mongolia to glacier lakes in Iceland, the photographs in Against Nature showcase the vastness of nature. While nature itself is magnificent, the real focus of this exhibition is the presence of man in nature.


Throughout history, men have admired the beauty of nature and channeled their experiences into literature, art, music and philosophy. What does it mean to have the presence and recognition of one’s existence in nature? Men are insignificant and fragile, yet the presence of human figures against the backdrop of nature sometimes captures more attention and fascinates viewers more than does nature itself. There is something about humans in nature with which viewers sympathize.


Whether posing or not, the artists assert their existence against that of a massive desert, a grassland, or a lake. Zhou’s Untitled series captures young women proudly sitting on a bicycle in the middle of a desert. Too focused on themselves, they fail to realize what they are doing is meaningless. In an untitled work from the As if it should have been a quarry series, Mirlesse presents a woman in water as if nature is liberating her. In his new series, Between Mountains and Waters, Zhang captures a group of men staring at Beijing skyscrapers in enveloped in smog. The Yellow River lies between them and the city. The human figures occupy the least space in the photograph, but their presence creates a melancholic atmosphere as they gaze at man’s own creation. This gloominess makes the men’s presence captivating.




For more information about the exhibition, please contact the gallery at or 212-502-1894.