Exhibition: Unnatural - Natural History, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, July 13 - September 23 2012
© Lius Sanchez
The premise for the new exhibition at RWA sounds like something straight out of science fiction.
Based on the creepy imaginings of a world where the dominant species are not human and natural beings have been warped by genetic mutations and environmental pressure, the display addresses man’s ongoing decimation of the planet.
There’s an incredible amount of talent involved, with curating duo Coates and Scarry asking 35 artists from across the world to contribute to the brief of “unnatural natural history”.
Chippy Coates heralds the results as “diverse and alluring", saying the finished display is a "blend of innovative art, creative ideas and lateral thinking”.
The thematic exhibition has enticed the involvement of David LaChapelle, whose chromogenic print, Concerning the Soul, combines a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with a profound social message.
© Kate McGwire Photograph by Tessa Angus courtesy of All Visual Arts
Paintings by Luis Sanchez are both grim and sublime, created using the innovative trompe l’oeil method that makes the piece appear as though it is made from photography or collage when actually, the artist only used a brush.
Also at the space are Kate MccGwire's otherworldly sculptural forms made from feathers, while Erik Sandberg's offerings include disturbing portrayals of children with wild, hairy faces.
- Open 9.30am-5.30pm (11am-5pm Sunday). Admission £5/£3 (free for under-16s).
© Deedee Cheriel
© Geza Szollosi courtesy of Mauger Modern
© Nicole Eitienne
© Chantall Powell
© Troy Abbott, Courtesy Robert Fontaine Gallery