1st March - 16th June 2010
The relationship between humankind and animals has forever held a fascination for artists, scientists and writers. Klook-Klook explored this by bringing together an eclectic mix of artists who all take inspiration from the animal world. Using a broad range of media - from drawing and painting, casting and taxidermy, to storytelling, performance, photography and film - they investigate parallels of animal/human behaviour and interaction. The artworks make explorations into mythology, rituals, evolution and ecology and combine vivd imagination with humour and technical skill.
The following artists were exhibited:
Bestué/Vives - film work recently shown at the Venice Biennale, this Spanish duo find humorous ways to explore human progression.
Ashley Nieuwenhuizen - using sculpture, photography, print and performance Ashley explores the relationship between animal and man and the similarities and characteristics we share.
Edward Summerton - using gouache paint he humorously inserts animal interventions into illustrations in natural history and fairy tale editions of the Ladybird books from the 1960s and 70s.
Charles Avery - working in a range of media, his work is characterised by a humorous and often surreal spirit. His beautiful drawings from his ongoing Islanders project have been inspired, in part, by his childhood spent on Mull and includes some strange, imaginary creatures.
Tania Kovats - concerned with the experience and understanding of landscape, her work responds to the processes of gradual transformations like erosion, compression and subsistence.
Andrea Roe - examines the nature of human and animal biology, behaviour, communication and interaction. While working with scientists she has become interested in capturing the critical moments of the process of taxidermy, a practice often thought of as macabre or gruesome.
Kirsty Whiten - There is a certain zeal in the way that humans set themselves apart from the rest of nature. To me there is just a continuation, we are animal, we have drives and instincts that always flow just under the surface of civilization. All of the hopes and prayers lavished on these monkeys are the desire of the living to create meaning and continuation; just as with religion. My technique, the level of detail and time spent on rendering surfaces has always been a kind of reverence. I think of these monkey relics as Darwinian saints and sacrifices, adorned with the futile beauty of trying to reach across the veil.
The exhibition toured from March to June in the following areas:
East Dunbartonshire, Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire, Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Highlands, East Lothian, Perth and Kinross, East Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire.
Top image: Ribbon Monkey - Kirsty Whiten
Second Image: Paddling Gull - Andrea Roe, photography by John K McGregor