Forget about the Kosta Boda glassware and Dala horses. Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg is entirely of another world. With metal, foam, clay, hand-painted fabrics, and other materials, she has fabricated 83 fantastical creatures—birdlike creatures, to be more exact—in an immersive installation that explores such mysteries as avian evolution, physiology, mating, and flocking. Then there are her stop-motion animated films, set to music and sound effects by longtime collaborator Hans Berg, which reveal her dark, twisted psyche. In one, for example, three grandmotherly types coo over the plucked bird they're about to stew. In another, bird-masked torturers convey sympathy in the midst of brutality. Her sculptures may appear naively startled. Her films may begin with almost childlike simplicity. Then personae and masks, anxiety and allure slip into macabre storytelling as riveting and unforgettable as Hitchcock's The Birds. The opening day will include a talk with the artists at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 8.
Sept. 8-Dec. 31, 2011