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The Last Man

Vasilis Avramidis | Christopher Gee | Miguel Laino | Hyunjeong Lim | Mackie | Tom Shedden | Eleanor Watson

Curated by The Art Circus

3 July - 2 August 2014

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Change is one of the few certainties in life. After death and taxes, the only thing we can be sure of is that nothing stays the same. As such, it begs the question: what happens when we’re no longer around?

Taking Mary Shelley’s apocalyptic novel The Last Man (1826) as its inspiration, this show explores the mysterious absence of humankind from the spaces they once inhabited. The ecological concerns of Shelley’s novel bring to mind: if mankind disappeared, would the natural world be free to reclaim what belonged to it? Visitors thereby get to take the place of Verney, The Last Man, in becoming the sole observer of an eerie lost world.

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Resident

Keepsake

Who invented the hole

Hare & Hounds

A pub called Courage
 
         
 

The Kiss

White Stag

Man with Red Sun

Jupiter

Man and Eclipse

 
         
 

Church in a forest

Lighthouse

Forest

Wolf

Armadillo
 
     
 

Zoo

Fountain

Coupling

Pools

Walled in
 
     

A place that there

Study for Bruegel

Somewhere

Landscape with Tourists

Salvado

 
     

Mind Reader

Black portrait of a poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
   
         
 

The Last Man

Exhibition Dates: 3 July - 2 August 2014

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Change is one of the few certainties in life. After death and taxes, the only thing we can be sure of is that nothing stays the same. As such, it begs the question: what happens when we’re no longer around?

Taking Mary Shelley’s apocalyptic novel The Last Man (1826) as its inspiration, this show explores the mysterious absence of humankind from the spaces they once inhabited. The ecological concerns of Shelley’s novel bring to mind: if mankind disappeared, would the natural world be free to reclaim what belonged to it? Visitors thereby get to take the place of Verney, The Last Man, in becoming the sole observer of an eerie lost world.

 

 

Seven painters come together to create this atmospheric exhibition. The unnerving images of Christopher Gee and Miguel Laino create a haunting, ominous presence, as if even before the disappearance there were clues, portents and signs. The paintings of Eleanor Watson and Mackie depict abandoned landscapes and structures like solitary markers, with empty rooms seen through external walls creating a sense of dereliction. In Vasilis Avramidis's luscious works, green mossy hills emerge in the black of night from a subterraneous realm and morph into arms, fingers and heads. The Bosch-like theme is continued in Hyunjeong Lim’s drawings of twisted landscapes that depict a contemporary Golgotha through a cacophony of comic-book images. It is left to Tom Shedden’s paintings of an Elysian future to suggest a counterbalance of harmony with the new elements.

 
       
   
 
 
 

 
 
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