Shapes of non-human ecologies by Saroj Patel and Becky Lyon
6th December 2019 - 5th January 2020, PV Thursday 5th December 2019, Tension Fine Art, 135 Maple Rd, London SE20 8LP
I'm pleased to announce that I'll be collaborating with artist Becky Lyon for our upcoming exhibition life.formed at Tension Gallery. I would like to invite you to the Private View which is on Thursday 6th December, 5-8pm.
'As we close a tumultuous 2019 and head into a new decade artists Saroj Patel and Becky Lyon present hopeful visions of alternative ecologies. ‘Hope’ centres around a perceived resilience inherent in more-than-human nature and its enduring existence independent of humanity. Saroj presents an iteration of Taraxa asking the viewer to reimagine our relationship with nature in our urban environments by thrusting a community of unseen organisms into full view via abundant bursts of colour and form, requesting active participation. Becky presents an iteration of Fieldnotes from a Technobiocology, a suite of organisms that have evolved from the enmeshing biology and technology, artefacts of humanity, situated in an imagined, undated ‘future’.
Themes of ecology, systems, the non-human, evolution and mutation unify the two bodies of work. Reconciling the distinctive aesthetics of each, the two artists will deploy an experimental approach to curation where some sculptures evidence the early stages of tethering, finding familiarity and others start to competitively colonise, or even mate... The beings are recontextualised, finding purpose, place and survival in a new environment. '
Thursday 5th December - Private View 6-8pm
Saturday 14th December - Artist Talk and Non-Human Life Drawing 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Enjoy us for coffee and conversation about life.formed with artists Saroj Patel and Becky Lyon before getting up close and personal with the ‘ecosystem’ through some non-human life drawing.
Saturday 4th January - ELASTIC NATURE #6: Other Ecologies and Meditation 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Start the new year with uplifting, action-focused open conversation, question-making, thought experiments and meditation around the concept of ‘Other Ecologies’. With special guest Jal Hilson who will run the meditation session.
Opening times: Thursday - Saturdays with Christmas Break closing
6pm - 8pm - Thu 5th Dec
12pm - 5pm - Fri 6th Dec, Sat 7th Dec, Thu 12th Dec, Fri 13th, Sat 14th Dec, Thu 19th Dec, Fri 20th Dec, Sat 21st Dec, Sat 4th Jan, Sun 5th Jan