From Nature

18th February - 18th april 2021

11 Market Place, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AA

Forest + Found
Rain Wu
Jamie North
Peter Matthews
Nienke Hoogvliet
Jesper Eriksson
Harriet Hellman

Forest + Found, Abigail Booth
In Dreams (Dormir), 2020
Bone white, burnt cotton, oil medium, mixed cottons, thread
205 x 165 cm

Press Release

Informality is excited to present its upcoming exhibition ‘From Nature’. The exhibition shows a selection of works by seven contemporary artists’ from around the world who use materials as central contributors to how the works find meaning and do so with respect for the material themselves.

Artists include Forest + Found, Rain Wu, Jamie North, Nienke Hoogvliet, Peter Matthews, Jesper Eriksson and Harriet Hellman.

As the world’s countries are forced to recalculate its focus on support within their own economies and trade, this exhibition educates the viewer visually from the artists’ Interest in the significance of raw resource from a country for its properties before mining, farming or construction for fuel, in the exhibition, materials among the artists’ practice include coal, wood, root and bone pigment, slag, clay and even the ocean.

The world’s leading myrmecologist, E.O. Wilson, has put that and us into perspective as follows: ‘If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.’ Just now the former scenario seems all too probable, but if Jamie Norths, 'Forward Projection’ is a warning, perhaps we can take the actions needed to avert the endgame which North evokes. The artists of ‘From Nature’ provide a double contribution towards those actions: not only do they point to some of the ways in which we might start, they do so by channelling the aesthetic and conceptual richness which reminds us why - instinctive self-interest aside – humanity is worth preserving.

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