Exhibition preview: Tipping Point, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, until July 1 2013
At a time when the spectre of government-sponsored hydraulic fracturing threatens communities with unimaginable environmental risks, it’s perhaps more important than ever to re-examine the relationship that humanity has with nature.
This exhibition does just that. Featuring former Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and former Prize nominees Darren Almond and Anya Gallaccio, along with a new commission from Sculptor Gerry Judah, it explores key issues surrounding climate change in ways that may shock and surprise in equal measure.
Energy efficiency and sustainability are definite themes for the exhibition. Simon Starling’s Heinzmann Uni-solar Trek is a series of photographs depicting a cycling trip to France using a solar-powered pushbike, while Marcel Karhof’s Wind Knitting Machine presents us with a sustainable model for the future.
Gerry Judah’s sculptures, created specially for Tipping Point, were inspired by a trip to India with Christian Aid to see how poor communities in Bengal and Jharkhand are adapting to rising sea levels and extreme weather.
The most sobering works in Tipping Point offer visions of man-man apocalypse. Lori Nix’s The City, for instance, is a series of photographs of post-apocalyptic disaster sites; Hehe’s Catastrophes Domestiques No 2: Prise en Charge tackles the responsibility of individuals for climate change through a household plug which spews emissions every 60 seconds.
You got the best of my Love, produced by Anya Gallaccio, is a fishing net of golden lamé threads questioning the meaning of human progress. Perhaps a question we can all ponder after this thought-provoking showcase.
- Open 10am-5pm (closed Sunday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @wolvartgallery.