In this exhibition Burkhardt continues to explore his fascination with extreme adaptation. Projecting himself into the character of an adventurous collector, Burkhardt has created a variety of species that enhance our perception of how human consumption effects the evolution and manipulation of certain species. Focusing primarily on botanical specimens, this collection juxtaposes genetically altered “Super Foods” like Beta Xpress, carrots so power-packed with Beta Carotene that they have developed human eyes of their own, with the survivalist Arctic Oil Plum, a fruit bearing plant that grows in the toxic remains of arctic oil spills. Both species respond to a consumer need: The Beta XPress carrots have stepped up to a culture that increasingly demands quick health fixes; the Arctic Oil Plum grows in the wastelands created by the international transport of oil. These strange twists on familiar plants are strikingly plausible, making the viewer pause and wonder for a moment about the real differences between man-made and natural. This collection of strange vegetation is showcased in plexiglass domes, the meticulous collection of a futuristic Darwin.