Curated by LUCI


(super)natural is a group show featuring artists whose work engages with and reimagines the idea of nature and natural phenomena. From large format landscape photography to site-specific installation, the work on view gives visible form to the trace of something just beyond - pointing to an excess of visual language and yet an ultimate failure to convey a precise meaning. The awesome and terrifying aspect of the sublime explains the darkness that pervades the show, evident in the depths of Victoria Sambunaris’ cave; the threat of storm beneath Christopher Lamarca's rainbow; Theresa Ganz’s delicately encroaching vines suddenly strangling. Chasing after the elusive spirit of the landscape, these images explore the expanse of history and possibility beneath a deceptively mundane surface.

Featuring works by: Charles Atherton, Christoph Bangert, Marla Leigh Caplan, John Clang,
Theresa Ganz, Justin Hollar, Rachel Hulin, Christopher LaMarca, Arthur Ou, Sarah Palmer, Matthew Porter, Victoria Sambunaris, Willamain Somma, Kate Steciw, Jeff Whetstone, Hannah Whitaker, Troy Williams



Kate Stewicz, Pink Alps #1, 2008
24"X36" inch Digital C Print
Edition of 5


Sarah Palmer, Coupling, Zabriskie Point, 2008
24 x 30 inch Digital C-Print
Edition 2/10


Arthur Ou, Untitled (Mountain), 2007
23 x 19 inches, Piezo print on rag paper
Edition 5/5


Jeff Whetstone, Circles Over ages, Kentucky, 2005
28 x 35 in Gelatin Silver Print
Edition 5/5


Justin Hollar, Untitled 001, 2007

20x30 inch Digital C print
Edition 1/15


Willamain Somma, Untitled (Ferns, Feet), 2008
20X30 inch Digital C Print
Edition of 3


Theresa Ganz, Untitled, 2009
Hand-cut C-prints and Inkjet Prints, Collage

Hannah Whitaker, Greenbottle Blue, 2007
24x30 inch C Print
Edition 1/8


Christoph Bangert, Untitled, 2006
24 x 36 inch, Digital C-Print
Edition of 10


Rachel Hulin, Golden Sponge, 2008
30x30 inch C print
Edition of 5


Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled (Luray, VA), 2006
29 x 21 inch Chromogenic print
Edition 1/5


Troy Williams, I'll Help You, 2007
15 x15 inch Chromogenic print
Edition 1/10


Matthew Porter, Startled Birds, 2007
31x39.25 inch archival pigment print
Edition 2/5


Chris LaMarca, Untitled
24x24 inch digital C print


Clang, Open Wound #1, 2001
33.3 X 50 inch Digital C Print
Edition of 3


Marla Leigh Caplan, Vanitas, 2008
30x40 inch chromogenic print
Edition 1/5

Charles Atherton, The Barn, 2008
Digital transparency in lightbox, 30x40



The exhibition that I found the most thought-provoking, contemporary and succinctly curated was (super)natural.

In the middle of flashy NYPH works, this was a welcome oasis. ~ DOSSIER

The show entitled (super)natural curated by new photo collective, LUCI, was far and away the belle of the ball.  In essence this was a landscape show whose theme seemed to explore a “psycho-geography” like something out of an Antonioni film. ~ WUNSCH APPARAT

This was one of the best curated group shows of the NY Photo Festival. A great selection of works and talent. ~ ARTMOSTFIERCE


This show was made possible by the generous support of our sponsor: adoramapix

If you're interested in purchasing a catalogue ($50) please email us at: luci@mzhphoto.com
Check out the catalogue here!

LUCI is a curatorial collective engaged in the production and exhibition of new work by emerging photographers.

Meagan Ziegler-Haynes
was most recently the Director of Photography at PHOTOSHELTER, where she led photographer recruitment for The PhotoShelter Stock Collection. Meagan started in the business of photography as a Producer and Agent with Z Photographic, where she worked with Dana Lixenberg, Stefan Ruiz and Larry Sultan. In 2002 Meagan founded her own photo agency, MZH Photo, with Darcy Hemley, Mark Heithoff and Alex Tehrani. Meagan has also served as the photo editor at VIBE Vixen Magazine, and as a freelance Photo Editor and Producer at such publications as JANE, GQ and The WSJ Magazine. Meagan studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design, and now divides her time between Nice, France and NYC.

Marla Leigh Caplan is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She studied philosophy at Vassar and has an MFA from the ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies. Her first solo show, A Long Slow Look, opened in November 2008 at The Arno Maris Gallery in Western MA.

Rachel Hulin is a photographer and writer living in New York. She received a BA in art history from Brown University and an MA in studio art from NYU. She has worked as a photo editor and writer for Nerve.com, Rolling Stone, PHOTOSHELTER and The Daily Beast, among others. She writes regularly about photography on her website A Photography Blog.

Willy Somma is a photographer based in NYC. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, V Magazine, and TOKION, among others and exhibited at Jen Bekman Gallery and apexart. She was an artist-in-residence at the UCROSS Foundation for the Arts in 2007 and has taught workshops at ICP.



Charles Atherton was born in Washington, DC in 1973. An artist and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY, Charles studied history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and in 2007 received his MFA from the ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies. Charles is fascinated by the tension between what one can and cannot know through looking at a photograph. His work was included in New American Talent: the 23rd Exhibition, Austin, Texas (2008) and has been shown in group shows at the International Center of Photography, New York.


Christoph Bangert was born in Western Germany in 1978. He studied photography at the Fachhochschule, Dortmund and graduated from the photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography, New York in 2003. His first monograph Travel Notes was published by powerHouse in 2007. Bangert’s assignments for the New York Times have been recorded in IRAQ: The Space Between (powerHouse 2007) and IRAK: Schweigendes Land (Fackelträger Verlag 2008). His pictures have been published in Stern, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, GEO, Der Spiegel, Vice, Courrier International, Neon, Days Japan, Sports Illustrated, Zürcher Tagesanzeiger and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Bangert was selected as one of 50 emerging photographers for the exhibit reGeneration (Thames & Hudson 2005; Aperture 2006) at the Musee de L'Elysee, Switzerland. In 2008, he won an Honorable Mention at the World Press Photo Award for a picture from Afghanistan. He recently returned from a 14 month long overland journey with his Land Rover across Africa.

email: me@christophbangert.com
cell phone: +41-76-741-2778

Marla Leigh Caplan was born in Evanston, IL in 1977. She studied philosophy at Vassar College and received her MFA from the ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies in 2007. Her first solo show, A Long Slow Look, opened in November 2008 at The Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State College, Massachusetts. Her work has been included in group shows at the San Francisco Art Institute and the International Center of Photography and will be on view at Christie’s, Paris in June. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The show (super)natural is her first curatorial endeavor.

email: marlaleigh@gmail.com

John Clang b. 1973, Singapore. Lives and works in New York. Clang first exhibited his work as a member of the controversial (and now defunct) Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists at Singapore Art Museum; Proud Galleries, London; Bank Art Gallery, Los Angeles; DVF Studio, New York; and Galerie Colette, Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include Jendela Gallery, Singapore (2004) and The Substation, Singapore (2006). An installation of his personal work will be acquired for the permanent collection by Singapore Art Museum in 2009.


Theresa Ganz was born in New York City in 1980. She earned her BA from Vassar College in Film and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. She currently resides in New York City. She works in photo-based collage and installations. Recently, she has returned to her film training, working on time based installations. In November 2008, she had her second solo show at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Shadow on the Green.


Justin Hollar's work has never been featured in a solo show in New York City, or anywhere around the United States or abroad. His photographs are not in any private, public, or corporate collections. He has never received grants from anyone. His client list does not include Visionaire, W, i-D, or self service. If you would like to change any of this...feel free.


Rachel Hulin (b. 1978, Norwich, CT) is a photographer and writer living in New York. She received a BA in art history from Brown University and an MA in studio art from NYU. Her work has been shown at Jen Bekman Gallery, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and ICP. She has worked as a photo editor and writer for Nerve.com, Rolling Stone, Photoshelter, and The Daily Beast. She writes regularly about photography on her website A Photography Blog.


Christopher LaMarca studied Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of Oregon, a degree that led him to pursue photographic projects documenting environmental issues. His work on the protection of old growth forests against logging garnered him numerous awards, including PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers, PDN annual 2009 and NPPA's Best of Photography.
His Forest Defender project was featured in the 2006-2007 ICP triennial, Ecotopia; along with being published in both Aperture and Art Review. His first book Forest Defenders: The Confrontational Landscape, was recently published by PowerHouse Books.


Arthur Ou has a BFA from Parsons and a MFA from the Yale University School of Art. Selected solo exhibitions include: To Preserve, To Elevate, To Cancel, Hudson Franklin, New York (2007); On Every New Thing There Lies Already the Shadow of Annihilation, IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2005); Faces, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (2000). Ou has shown his work in group exhibitions internationally, in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Vancouver, Innsbruck, Dresden and Beijing. His work has been featured in publications including Blind Spot, Art On Paper, and Art in America. Represented by Hudson Franklin in New York, Ou is currently an Assistant Professor at Parsons and the New School for Design.


Sarah Palmer was born in 1977 in San Francisco, CA, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in 2008 and her BA in English/Italian from Vassar College in 1999. She received an Aaron Siskind Foundation Scholarship in 2007. Group exhibitions include: Surrounded by America, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, 2008; Group Show No. 22, Humble Arts Foundation, 2008; Unraveling Identities, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, 2008; and In the Midst, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, 2007, and will participate in the forthcoming Descubrimientos 2009 in Madrid in June as part of Photo España. She has been visiting critic/artist at School of Visual Arts (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department) and Adelphi University. Publications include “The Collectors Guide to Emerging Art Photography,” Humble Arts Foundation, Spring 2009; "Off the Wall: 'Surrounded by America,'" Visual Arts Journal, Fall 2008; and Metropolis Magazine 2008-2009 (various stories) where she is Photo Editor.

tel: (646) 345-3305

Matthew Porter
lives in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, PDN, Modern Painters, New York Magazine, and Tokion. His work was recently exhibited at the VOLTA Art Fair in Manhattan with M+B, and at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, Texas.


Victoria Sambunaris is currently working out west, exploring the volatile hotspot that sits beneath Yellowstone National Park and tracking the violent geologic history of the area across the Snake River Plain. She received an MFA in Photography at Yale University in 1999. The recipient of fellowships from the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Lannan Foundation and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, she has also taught photography at the Yale School of Architecture and Sarah Lawrence College. Commissions include projects for Wallpaper, House and Garden, Travel and Leisure, BIG Magazine and Architecture and published photo essays in "A Place for the Arts: The MacDowell Colony" and "Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation." Her work is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Willy Somma is a photographer based in NYC. Born on the north shore of Massachusetts, she holds degrees from Bard College and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, V Magazine, and TOKION. She has exhibited at Jen Bekman Gallery and apexart. An artist-in-residence at the UCROSS Foundation for the Arts in 2007, Somma has also taught workshops at ICP.


Kate Steciw hails from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has a BA from Smith College in Sociology and an MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and she exhibits regularly in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, her work was shown at the Gowanus Studio Space and featured in the Humble Arts Foundation’s Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.


Jeff Whetstone was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been photographing and writing about the relationship between man and nature since he received a Zoology degree from Duke University in 1990. Whetstone served for five years as an artist-in residence at Appalshop, Inc., a media arts center located in coalfields of eastern Kentucky. After receiving his MFA in photography from Yale University in 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Sakier Prize for photography. Since then, his work has been exhibited internationally and received reviews in the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, ARTnews, Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times. Whetstone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 for his body of work “New Wilderness.” He is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York.


Hannah Whitaker is an artist and photographer based in Brooklyn. She received her BA from Yale University in 2002 and her MFA from Bard College in 2006. Her work has recently been featured in a solo exhibition at the Wild Project in New York and published by Blind Spot magazine. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Kumukumu Gallery and a group exhibition she is curating at Mt Tremper Arts. Whitaker is the staff photographer at New York Magazine.


Troy Williams received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2002. Raised in Brookings, South Dakota, he was the recipient of a 2003-04 MCAD/Jerome Fellowship. His works have been exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Photography; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and Kinofest, Luenen, Germany. His photographs are in permanent collections at the Mudima Foundation, Milan, Italy and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. He is represented by Mudimadrie Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


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