nature's ape

18 June - 4 September 2016

PAUL HARRAWAY, BERNDNAUT SMILDE, MIMEI THOMPSON, JOHN NEWLING, JEREMY MILLAR

Nature’s Ape is a seasonal programme at Syson Gallery curated for The Grand Tour Season 2, which takes its cue from Giambattisa della Porta’s ‘Natural Magick’; a 16th Century account on the relationship between art, the artist and nature. This series of events invoke the role of magician as both artist and nature’s assistant. It concentrates upon artists’ interpretations of the natural world and the sublime, against a background and awareness of contemporary scientific knowledge and technological development and innovation. Many of the works featured will focus will upon an artist’s interpretation of darkness or light – either aping nature in some way; taking on board philosophical connotations; responding to architectural space or studying phenomena through scientific means.

Images above courtesy the artists.