Orange Foam, Cola Moon (1) 2020

Stainless steel, foam, polymer compound, pigments, nylon flock, crushed glass, reinforced plastics, horse hair, lightfittings

260 x 166 x 40 cm

Orange Foam, Cola Moon (2) 2020

Stainless steel, foam, polymer compound, pigments, nylon flock, crushed glass, reinforced plastics, horse hair, lightfittings

276 x 129 x 33 cm

uMfazi 2020

Mixed media collage

60 x 48 x 4 cm

Boonoo 2020

Stainless steel, patinated bronze, brass, foam, polymer compound, pigments, adhesive, crushed glass, fused silica, crushed marble, light fittings

91 x 60 x 18 cm

Atomic Double 2020

Stainless steel, painted bronze, foam, polymer compound, pigments, nylon flock, horse hair, crushed glass, reinforced plastics, neon 

90 x 100 x 18 cm

Umuntu 2020

Mixed media collage

60 x 48 x 4 cm

Swamp Light 2020

Stainless steel, foam, polymer compound, pigments, crushed glass, granite, nylon flock, reinforced plastics, neon 

110 x 70 x 18 cm

PSYCHOTROPICS

The New Art Centre

25 Jan – 22 Mar 2020

Nature in the 21st century re-imagined by artists working in the age of a digital wilderness.

Curated by Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery

Salvatore Arancio
Alice Channer
Andreas Eriksson
Diane Howse
Dan Perfect
Amy Stephens
Jonathan Trayte

The painters and sculptors in this exhibition bridge nature with culture to create new forms of abstraction. Flora and fauna are transfused with cartoonish iridescence; landscapes fragment; biomorphic forms erupt and mutate. The detached state of the digital is balanced by an immersion in materiality, texture and the pleasure of making.

Our physical experience of the natural world is being replaced by an optical one. New generations are engaging with reality via their screens. The finger may swipe and tap; but the hand is being replaced by the eye. The exhilaration of this virtual world is tempered by our acute awareness of the fragility of the natural world and how we compromise its survival.