Klaus Weber considers scientific advances with installations at Nottingham Contemporary

By Mark Sheerin | 24 November 2011
Colour image of a bee gathering pollen from a pink flower with a miniature stone bust in the centre
Klaus Weber, Smithflower (2009)© Klaus Weber. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY & Herald St Gallery, London
Exhibition: Klaus Weber: If you Leave me I'm not Coming, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, until January 8 2011

While the ramifications of faster-than-light neutrinos remain obscure to the layperson, it may be a good idea to visit Klaus Weber's show at Nottingham Contemporary. The German artist has an interest in those discoveries which shake foundations of belief.

Weber may not comment directly on particle physics, but there is plenty here about the biggest breakthrough of the 19th century, evolution. Shape of the Ape collects a range of kitsch models based on a satirical 1892 sculpture by Hugo Rheinhold.

Visitors to Nottingham can now contemplate this statue in which a chimpanzee contemplates a skull. He is sat atop a pile of books and today we may be even less well equipped to assimilate the latest findings in science and technology.

As if to point out what poor visibility the human race might have on its journey, the gallery's large Weekday Cross window now has echoes of a car windshield. Rain lashes down on the glass and wipers work hard to clear a sightline.

The running man who overshoots the roof of the gallery and hangs in mid air can also be seen by passersby. Out of context this will be comic. But seen in the light of the apes and even the neutrino, such full tilt blindness may yet prove tragic.

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