22 Jun — 19 Oct 2019
Newlyn Art Gallery
An international group exhibition curated by Simon Faithfull, presents dystopian terrains and imagined landscapes to come. Taking its title from Max Ernst’s 1942 surrealist painting Europe After The Rain the exhibition explores a haunting landscape where things seemed to have evolved, or devolved, into a new strange state.
Artists will include Larry Achiampong, Peggy Atherton, Karin Bos, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Anne Hardy, Nick Laessing, Onya McCausland, Melanie Manchot, Rebecca Partridge, and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (see Read More below for details).
Europe After The Rain runs parallel to Fathom, a solo show of film and photography by Simon Faithfull at The Exchange, exploring where land meets sea and man’s place in it.
Larry Achiampong (1984, UK) Relic 1 (2017) is a film about English landscapes seen from an Afro-futurist post-colonial sci-fi vantage point.
Peggy Atherton (1969, UK) work is haunted by a sense of loss and absent presence. She slip-casts road-kill, firing them at 900C leaving an encapsulated space where an animal used to be. These small sarcophagi honour the otherwise unnoticed deaths of small animals.
Karin Bos’ (1966, Netherlands) sparse paintings of caravans have a survivalist mood, hunkered down in a desolate landscape.
Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (1968, UK & 1965, UK) emergency foil blankets are remade into reflective bunting, as a sign of warning or marking a celebration.
Anne Hardy (1970, UK) creates large scale photographs of constructed sets that are illusory and ambiguous; control centres that have been abandoned and nature has taken over.
Nick Laessing (1973, UK) explores the interfaces of science, art and environmental issues. Plant Orbiter (2017) is a kinetic sculpture and a hydroponic machine which uses anti-gravity conditions to increase plant growth, in a landscape that doesn’t provide food.
Onya McCausland (1971, UK) will create a monochrome wall painting, using pigments from a local mine, abandoned and disused for many years.
Melanie Manchot (1966, Germany). In the lower gallery, Out of Bounds (2016) is a double projection installation depicting two scenes of regular ski-resort mountain maintenance, but equally sublime and otherworldly – suggesting a ‘terra-forming’ activity on a future Mars landscape.
Rebecca Partridge (1976, UK) is a landscape painter and these two Desert Paintings (2016), one by day and one by night, both have an empty, hard-to-define feeling of post-apocalypse.
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (1973, Canada). An air-raid siren that reveals itself to be a boy’s soprano voice – a plaintiff call of warning from perhaps the one most in danger.