Mar 1 - Mar 25
10:00 - 17:00
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery
With references to the pioneering works of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s waxworks and Fox Talbot’s natural settings, Naughten’s Eremozoic describes the effect of the anthropocene on our imagined futures. Using digital manipulation he creates natural scenes that are at once idealised and also closeted, the animals have a static feel as though museum dioramas. Memories of animals through a human lens. Domesticated and categorised the animals in these lonely images show us what we’re losing and give us a glimpse of what our experiences of the natural might be. Historicised and remote.
Jim Naughten is a British artist who explores themes of ecology and the natural world through a combination of photography and painting. His upcoming exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, Eremozoic II, brings together a new series of ‘digital paintings’ which examine the unstable relationship between humankind and the animal kingdom.
The term ‘Eremozoic’ was coined by the biologist E.O. Wilson in his 2006 book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, to describe the “age of loneliness” that our planet is currently entering – one characterised by the mass extinction of animal species caused by human activity.
The exhibition features a series of large-scale images of animals and birds taken from photographs of dioramas (replicas of scenes, typically involving three-dimensional full-size animals encased in glass) which Naughten boldly recolours. The complex process of digital manipulation seeks to dislocate the animal from its immediate natural environment and draw attention to the impact of human activity on the natural world and our self-inficted biodiversity crisis.
Naughten’s reanimation of the image through colour additionally calls into question the role of the photograph as a means of providing a window onto an undisturbed natural habitat.
Eremozoic II marks Naughten’s first solo exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. 10% of the sales proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute UK, a community conservation charity helping animals, people and the environment in the UK and Africa.
Eremozoic II – Jim Naughten
1 – 25 March 2023
Rebecca Hossack Gallery
2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square,
London W1T 6BA, UK
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