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Private View: January 11th, 2018
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St, London WC2H 9HQ
The Hospital Club presents The Baldwin Gallery’s Betwixt, exploring the organic and psychic transference between selves and species, featuring the shape-changing photography of David Ellingsen and Meryl McMaster.
Of indigenous and European descent, Plains Cree sculptural-photographer, McMaster, pits delimiting identities – Native American, Canadian, female, human – against the immediacy of her lived body in the natural world. She expresses heritage and contemporaneity as a synergistic strength of unities, rather than a struggle between opposites.
Ellingsen’s Anthropocene series is inspired by the proposed renaming of our geological epoch, as Earth’s systems are irrevocably altered by human activity. Transmuted skeletal remains, adrift on blackness, reference future and past and are both a warning and rendering of hope.
Both artists have shown in museums around the world, from The Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Canada, and the Datz Museum of Art, South Korea (Ellingsen), to the Smithsonian and the Art Gallery of Ontario (McMaster).
Monday, 1 January 2018
Photographed the last day of another year yesterday and here is 2017, a new addition to Weather Patterns, an on-going visual diary of climate breakdown.
The years 2017, 2016 and 2015 make up the 3 hottest years on record for the planet. 2016 and 2015 were El Nino years and to have 2017, in which El Nino was absent, join the others in the top 3 illustrates the relentless pace of climate breakdown.
Also emerging in this work is evidence of the record-breaking forest fires here in the Pacific Northwest. Note the yellow cast to many of the photographs about two-thirds of the way down the work.
Last June an article appeared in The Guardian titled “World has three years left to stop dangerous climate change”. Reporting on a warning letter from prominent climate experts, this now gives us 2.5 years from this new year’s day. If we hope to still have a planet hospitable to life by the end of this century the time for action is now. There are solutions prepared and plans made to meet this challenge and we must demand that our representatives in government put them into action.