Solo Exhibition at Monty’s Gallery (London) June 19 – July 24, 2016
Under The Arc was a solo show in London at Monty’s Gallery on Exmouth Market (in the underbelly of Baber Streisand). I exhibited a selection of my output from the previous couple of years, all celebrating our celestial neighbour the Moon. The show included works in a variety of media, from photography to sculpture.
This large lump of rock, with its myths, its legends, its fictions and its facts has been a source of inspiration for quite a few years. It has helped us understand the vast blackness beyond our planet and I’m convinced we owe our very existence to it, yet it has also provided us with one of recent histories largest collective disappointments, albeit a temporary one. It’s amazing how much fascination and disillusionment a large lump of rock can produce.
In 1793 William Blake published the picture-book For Children: The Gates of Paradise which included the line-engraving I want! I want! This image shows a man about to climb a ladder to the moon, presumably to grab it from the heavens. While this approach to space travel is pure lunacy, Blake perfectly illustrates how pure wonderment often turns into personal greed.
Under The Arc could be seen as a study into the connection we have to our nearest celestial neighbour in all its many guises. Through an innocent gaze at its majesty and a celebration of its graceful movement across the heavens, to an exploration of the highly politicised nature of its current status and a sombre glimpse into its future, Under The Arc was as much an examination of ourselves and our desires.
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