Monday, 7 July 2008

'Whaleless' - Strychnin Gallery (opening night - Friday, 11th July, 7pm)

This is my contribution to the Strychnin Gallery's 'Whaleless' Exhibition (details below). The piece is called 'Poorly Remembered Whale' - the idea being that once the creatures have become extinct and our memories of them as real, living animals fade, they almost become things of myth and legend. And our only physical record of them are as old bones in museums.
For the majority of this piece's construction I chose to use stuff that I had collected whilst mudlarking along the Thames at low tide. As well as the aquatic connection, this material provided a link to the story of the unfortunate whale that recently perished in the Thames. Sadly, that incident was probably the closest that many of us Londoners will ever come to seeing a whale.

WHALELESS, an international group show dedicated to the whales, will be on display at the Strychnin Gallery London – from July 11 to August 10, 2008.
Curated by Giovanni Cervi and Res Pira, Whaleless will feature work by Catalina Estrada, Stuart Semple, Gemma Compton, Wayne Chisnall, Luke Insect, Pure Evil, Lee Baker, Dan Hillier, Arianna Carossa, Squp, Chris Bonobo, Ryan Obermeyer, Zaelia Bishop, Aurelien Police, Nicoz Balboa, Guiliano Sale, Silvia Argiolas, Kokomoo, Tamara Ferioli, Myron Campbell and Marie Luise Emmermann.

Whaleless is an art project dedicated to those artists wishing to express their indignation, rage, shame, disbelief or concern about the slow disappearance of the fascinating giant marine mammals. Pollution, whaling and unacceptable fishing practices are only some of the causes that seriously endanger their survival.

It seems that whales are slowly but inevitably growing extinct, while the consequences of their gradual disappearance are impossible to predict. And yet we can be certain that the world’s ecosystem – not just the oceans’ but that of our entire planet – will be affected by this change.

Whaleless was born three years ago on the pages of the Italian PIG magazine and on the Whaleless website. As a result, over 200 pieces of art work – from the USA to Hong Kong, from Russia to Venezuela – were submitted to the project and some of these will be on show in the London exhibition.

Over the next few years, the exhibition will visit other major European cities in an attempt to raise awareness for this global environmental problem.
The world would not be the same without whales, which is why action needs to be taken immediately. Therefore, a percentage of sales from this exhibition will be donated to Greenpeace to support them in their actions to save the whales.

Times: Friday to Sunday – 12 noon to 6pm. Open for Time Out‘s First Thursdays on August 7 (5pm to 9pm).
Strychnin Gallery, 65 Hanbury Street, London, E1.

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