Friday, April 26, 2013

The Nature of the Beast


(an exhibit that remembers the avant-garde italian exhibition of 2011-12 "Cuori sulla Terra" http://cuorisullaterra.blogspot.it/ )

THE NEW ART GALLERY WALSALL, WALSALL

This exhibition will bring together a diverse range of contemporary artists, who through their work, confront and challenge our complex relationships with the natural world, and in particular, the animal kingdom.



This exhibition will bring together a diverse range of contemporary artists, who through their work, confront and challenge our complex relationships with the natural world, and in particular, the animal kingdom. 

We eat animals, we use their skins as clothing, we take nourishment from their milk and eggs, we employ them for sport, we keep them as pets. Humankind has long been fascinated by animals, who in turn, have been subjected to research, collection, categorisation, documentation, display and experimentation. Each of the artists within the exhibition creates works which involve an intensive scrutiny of animals and nature as well as a critical engagement with the ways in which we have attempted to understand and control the natural world. 

The exhibition seeks to evoke a sense of wonder and critical enquiry. Although moments of humour are present, the overall mood is intended to be dark and thought-provoking. 


Our Creatures 

As part of the project, artist Mark Fairnington is curating an historic exhibition entitled Our Creatures. This exhibition explores portraits of animals and offers glimpses into the ways in which artworks have described different relationships between human beings and animals. These are images and objects that depict in particular the domestic and local relationships between people and animals and show how these could be pragmatic, eccentric, brutal and loving. 
Here are the creatures that have provided friendship, entertainment and sport; they could be made to fight, they could be raced against each other, they could be bred and sold for profit and they could be eaten as food. In these roles they inspired a huge range of human responses: they were and still are a vital part of the human world both emotionally and economically. 
This exhibition will include works from Walsall’s collections in addition to loans from Manchester City Art Gallery, Leeds Museums & Galleries, Compton Verney, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Ikon Gallery and the Horniman Museum. 

A range of events will be organised to accompany the exhibition. 

A publication will accompany the exhibition though this will be published slightly later than the opening of the exhibition to allow for photography of the new works. 

The New Art Gallery Walsall is run and maintained by Walsall Council and also receives significant financial support from Arts Council England. 

For gallery interview opportunities and further information, please contact: 
Chris Wilkinson, Marketing Officer on 01922 654416; 
email: wilkinsonc@walsall.gov.uk 

The New Art Gallery Walsall 
Gallery Square - Walsall WS2 8LG 
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sundays 12noon – 4pm. Closed Mondays, and Bank Holidays. Free admission.

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