Exhibition: Brave New Worlds: Utopias and Dystopias, Riverside Gallery, Richmond, until November 5 2011
© Robert Ridley
Selected from an open submission invite which attracted more than 500 individual works, the Riverside’s multimedia rampage across the concepts of Hieronymus Bosch, Sir Thomas More and Aldous Huxley settles on 25 works by local and national artists.
“This potent theme has captured the imagination of artists for centuries,” says Mark De Novellis, the gallery’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.
“Where formerly, western artists would depict visions of Arcadian Edens and cataclysmic scenes of Judgment Day, contemporary artists have translated these concepts to reflect the here and now, while revealing our hopes and fears of possible worlds and potential futures.”
Setting the idylls of utopias against the dystopian realities of life, it stars the likes of Tutte Newall, who portrays the contemporary within the biblical through domestic cats and naked young waifs in jungles and gorillas roaring in glass jars, and Tom Bonson, an illustrator whose intensely detailed sketches and drawings usually manage to commit entire imagined worlds to a single sheet.
- Open 10am-5pm (6pm Monday and Wednesday, 10am-1.30pm Saturday). Admission free.
More pictures from the show:
© Samuel Capps
© Tutte Newall
© Neil Metzner
© Kevin Kelly