THE dust has now settled after the 'Human Nature' group show, which took place in Hoxton last week. With an attendance over two days in excess of 300 people and majorly positive feedback, I am very happy to have been part of it. The diversity of medium and artistic approaches gave the show an unusual depth and made it highly entertaining. My favourites were Ben Wilson's superb little paintings on discarded pieces of gum, Nicola Nemec's stunning understated landscapes and Christiaan Nagel's crazy fluorescent fish.
WHO ARE ENVIRONMENTAL ARTISTS?
Artists play the role of revealing what's on society's collective mind and this show demonstrated that 'environmentalism' is something we are all beginning to nurture as part of our imaginative and moral DNA, rather than merely a guilty feeling that we don't recycle enough yogurt cartons.
All the artists were on hand to talk to visitors and many said it enriched the experience.
Curator Charlotte Webster from Good Shout Studio picked a range of artists who would perhaps not have overtly thought of themselves as 'Environmental Artists' beforehand. It was a very savvy move, as it elevated the show from what might have been a one-dimensional protest, to a kaleidoscopic investigation into how art can reconnect us with nature. Charlotte is an artist (she showed her incredible bear paintings, re-imagined chairs and landscapes) and therefore understands what artists need as well.
I'd like to thank Abundance Generation (a crowd-funding organisation for clean energy projects) for sponsoring the entire event. Their partnering with artists makes sense, as artists are the harbingers of change and Abundance are a contemporary mechanism of change. I was given the most fantastic space on the far wall and feel very lucky to have been part of it. Working with the other artists was a joy and privilege too.
Have a look at the pic gallery here.
Gordon Glyn-Jones lives and makes art in London.