Nature's Ape

18.06.16 - 03.09.16

NATURE'S APE: PAUL HARRAWAY, BERNDNAUT SMILDE, MIMEI THOMPSON, JOHN NEWLING, JEREMY MILLAR Nature’s Ape was a seasonal programme at Syson Gallery curated for The Grand Tour Season 2, which took its cue from Giambattisa della Porta’s ‘Natural Magick’; a 16th Century account on the relationship between art, the artist and nature. This exhibition invoked the role of magician as both artist and nature’s assistant. It concentrated 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 focused upon 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.


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