Arts Foundation Fellow Alex Hartley is exhibiting at the launch of Coventry City of Culture 2021 with The Herbert Gallery’s group show UnNatural History – A major exhibition exploring natural history and climate change curated by Invisible Dust!
28 May 10.00am – 22 August 4.00pm 2021
The exhibition of works by international naturalists and artists will explore the role of the artist as an intrinsic part of the science of natural history, enabling our modern understanding of ecology, climate change, extinction and the threats to biodiversity. The observational skills and techniques of artists, including their speculations, have enabled us to learn about plants and animals in drawings, long before the advancements of technologies such as microscopes and photography. Featuring drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation, lens-based, digital media and new technologies, UnNatural History will connect these valuable collections to the past, present, and future of our relationship to nature through depictions, scientific representations and imagined realities created by artists.
Image credit: Alex Hartley, The Present Order, 2016, image courtesy of Alex Hartley and Victoria Miro
The artists are: Alex Hartley / Andy Holden / Angela Brazil / Calvin Pang & David Robinson / Christina Agapakis, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sissel Tolaas / Danh Võ / David Claerbout / Dorothy Cross / Doug Aitken / Dubmorphology / Frances Disley / Francis Upritchard / Gerard Byrne / Gözde İlkin / Lisa Reihana / Marianne North / Mat Collishaw / Michael Landy / Raqs Media Collective / Sarah Sze / Sonya Schönberger / Tania Kovats / Wangechi Mutu / Yinka Shonibare The exhibition will be presented in our newly refurbished contemporary galleries, forming part of the launch programme for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.