Group show Galapagos explores notion of the islands and Charles Darwin
Including work by Jeremy Deller, Marcus Coates and Tania Kovats
Charles Darwin’s ‘little world within itself’ bears the weight of artistic interpretation in this fascinating group show. Bringing together the work of 11 artists who spent time in the archipelago courtesy of a residency programme set up by the Galapagos Conservation Trust working with the Charles Darwin foundation to highlight the unique problems the islands currently face, Galapagos bursts with innovation of the most naturalist variety.
If Dorothy Cross’ monumentally awesome bone sculpture Whale is the elemental bouncer at the entry to this exhibition, Brighton-born Tania Kovats’ lovely coral ‘Colony’ is the segue into it. From here it is Jeremy Deller’s cruel but compulsively watchable short ‘Cock Fight’ and Alison Turnbull’s stunning butterfly wall charts that provide focus while Marcus Coates’ TV installation ‘Human Report’ and Dorothy Cross’ experiments in taxidermy and filmmaking that provide the humour.
Upstairs the cradle of evolutionary theory joyously topples over. Alexis Deacon’s brilliant sketches recall the works of John Tenniel, Semiconductor’s experimental film triptych fuses the microscopic with the social political and Kaffe Matthews’ sound sculpture is a humbling experience. (Paul Dale)
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