Through painting, video, collage, sculpture, performance and installation by huber.huber, Manuel Mathieu, Mark Salvatus, Rachel McCrae, Victoria Sin, Omer Even-Paz, and a lecture-performance by Alex Anikina, Will Nature Make A Man of Me Yet? asks how do humans, and their creations, adapt to uncontrollable environmental changes after centuries of ecocide? The exhibition presents a pan-global perspective on the issue of the Anthropocene, an era that started when humanity began to have a significant impact on the planet. This is done through exploring gender, capitalism, identity, automation, materiality and the potential for nature's reincarnation after the crisis.
huber.huber's bubble machine spews black paint against the white gallery floor, alluding to the regulation of creativity by technology. Mark Salvatus's video installation shows flashes of all the world's currencies suggesting the blur and meaninglessness of subjective value facilitated by paper money. These works are juxtaposed by a video projection of people climbing up and down a public overpass in Manila, Philippines. Victoria Sin explores consumer culture's proliferation of images and representations of gender and nature within advance capitalism by creating a forest of larger-than-life plastic banana balloons, which she will inflate in the entrance of the gallery. Rachel McRrae opens up the discussion on environmental detritus as she gathers dust, bits of metal, broken pottery and speculative Roman artifacts from the river Thames, turning them into animated sculptures. Omer Even-Paz creates Frankenstein-ean constructions that mimic cows, rabbits and sparrows out of foil and other disparate materials. Manuel Mathieu's painting appropriates abstract segments from images of political tensions aggravated by environmental changes. Alex Anikina looks into the anthropocentric camera with her video exploration of imaginary lands.
The artists included in Will Nature Make A Man of Me Yet? reconfigure, appropriate and destroy the simplistic depiction of nature as separate from man: raising awareness of the destructive and creative effects of human consumption on the cosmos.
The exhibition seeks to incite feelings of rage and exhaustion as we witness a new age where artists aren't able to respond or take control because they are swept up in the current structures of things as much as anybody else. They are unable to view the Anthropocene objectively because they live deep within it. The feeling of frustration and incompetence weaves these artworks together, as the artists visualize the twenty first century's environmental Armageddon.
Alex Anikina, b. 1988. Exhibition include Experiments in Cinema festival, Albuquerque, (2016); We Need To Talk About Heaven, Fusebox Collective at Lewisham Art House, London (2016); Arte Laguna Prize finalists exhibition at the Arsenale, Venice (2016); Les Rencontres Internationales festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2016); Time Flies Like an Arrow; Fruit Flies Like a Banana, screening and discussion with Sasha Litvintseva and Sofia Gavrilova, Puskin House London, (2016); Customer Experience at VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (2015); Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art exhibition, Switzerland (2015); Hybrid Memories at BAC Bogotá Arte Contemporáneo Museum, Colombia (2015)
Reto Huber & Markus Huber, b. 1975. Exhibition include Versprochen ist versprochen (solo), Kunsthalle Arbon (2016); 40 Hz (solo) Galerie DuflonRacz, Bern (2016) ; Und plötzlich ging die Sonne unter (solo), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, (2015); Land of Plenty (solo) Museum Bärengasse, Zürich (2015); Fade to Black (solo) Vebikus, Schaffhausen (2013 ); 8, Steindruckerei Wolfensberger, Zürich (2016); All-Risk, Helvetia Art Foyer, Basel (2015); Only Photography, Hauser Gallery, Zürich (2015); Werkschau 2015, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton ZH, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2015)
Mark Salvatus, b. 1980. Exhibition include Notes From the New World, (solo) Vargas Museum, Manila (2015); Gates, (solo) Art Center, Tokyo (2015); Follow Your Eyes, (solo) 1335 Mabini, Manila (2015); Latitude, (solo) Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila (2015); Maybe in Another Universe, (solo) Museum Barengasse, Zurich (2015); Philippine Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice (2016); TRANSAction, Sonsbeek 2016, Arnhem (2016) Jakarta Biennale, Curated by Charles Esche (2016); Dress Me Featherless, Northern Center for Contemporary Art, Darwin (2015); South by Southeast, Osage Foundation, Hong Kong (2015)
Manuel Mathieu, b. 1986. Exhibition include 49/50 (solo), Fig-2, Institute of Contemporary Art London (2015); The Birth of Nature, (solo) Les Territoires Gallery,Montréal, Canada (2013); PRÉMICES/OPEN ENDED (solo), MAI Gallery, Montréal (2012); Haïti, 2 Centuries of Creations, Grand Palais, Paris (2014); Consisting of superposed Layers that sometimes partially merged , POPOP Gallery, Montréal (2014); Les Contemporains, Museum of contemporary art of Montréal (2014); Les Ateliers TD, ARSENAL, Montréal (2014).
Rachel McRae, b, 1984. Exhibition include untitled performance/lecture/radio program, Rijksakademie (2015); Sweep Away The Past, (solo) Full Haus, Los Angeles (2015); SceneHepworth_000 , Gallery 1313 Window Space, Toronto
(2014); Westerly/Besterly, A402 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2010); An Age of Glory, KLMA (Katharine Mulherin @ Automat), Los Angeles. ( 2010); It's A Computer, L-Shape Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2009); Konttori 72, Metsä2, Helsinki (2015); Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens, Pi Artworks, London (2015); The Waterfall Flows Up, Red Barn Project Space, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara (2015); The Years Without Light, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2015)
Omer Even-Paz b. 1991. Exhibition include Metal Beast, (solo) Bezalel7 Gallery, Jerusalem (2015); Animals, (solo) Kayma Gallery, Tel-Aviv (2013); Panacea', 43 Inverness' st. Gallery, London. (2015); I Know The Smell But These Hands are New, hARTslane, London (2015) Allez', occupied alleyway, London (2015)
Victoria Sin, b 1991. Exhibitions include Future Space, Auto Italia, London (2016); Break/Link, CGP London, London (2016); Chewy, RCA Dyson Gallery, London (2016); The Ingram Collection Bodies!, The Lightbox, Woking, (2016); Making Up, Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival, London (2015); And More Again, 155 Battersea Park Rd, London (2015); UNIT, Dilston Grove, London (2014); Domestic Kitchen, Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival, London (2014); Exposure, Imitate Modern, London (2014); Drawn Together, Dalston Printhouse, London (2014)
John Kenneth Paranada, b. 1988. Is an independent curator who graduated from Zürich University of the Arts, and is currently studying on the Goldsmiths' MFA Curating programme. Previous exhibitions include: Symphony Of Hunger: Digesting Fluxus in Four Movements, A plus A Gallery and Punto Croce, Venice, Italy (2015); The Way Out is Through, Leroy Neiman Art Centre, New York (2015); A is for Albatross, Bärengasse Museum Zürich (2014); Idiot's Guide to South East Asian Films and Heartbreaks, Bärengasse Museum Zürich (2014); Romancing the Context, Bärengasse Museum, Zürich (2014); The City Is My Frankenstein, Knoerle & Baettig Contemporary, Winterthur (2014); Far Away So Close, Grimm Museum, Berlin (2012); You & I, Joáo Cocteau, Berlin (2012)