Sarah Sparkes
'Lonesome Pine' - oil on board in laquered frame 2007

A survey of 'Nature' in the Art of the Twenty First Century.

Private View, 10.Apr.08, 6:30-8:30 pm & 15.May.08, 6:30-8:30 pm

Contemporary Art Projects
20 Rivington St
London EC2A 3DU
020 7739 1743

Tube Old Street, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch / Hoxton

Artists: Adam King, Alexander Heaton, Alexandra Santos, Anna Dickerson, Bruce Ingram, Caroline List, Celia Hempton, Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, Covadonga Valdes, Cristina Marignoli, Daisy Richardson, Dana Suckling, Daehun Kwon, Dilys Finlay-Stephens, DJ Roberts, Emma Wieslander, Farah Syed, Fiona MacDonald, Freya Douglas-Morris, Gavin Maughfling, Gemma Coyle, Germaine Hampton, Glauce Cerveira, Guocheng Chen, Hannah Brown, Hannah Kaye, Hannah Knox, Helen Melland, Hermione Carline, Jackie Brown, Jake Clark, Jane Ward, Janet Brown, Jennifer Merrell, Jim Coverley, Jin Kim, John Holland, Joseph Richards, Julie Umerle, Jung Mi, Junghee, Kate Coxmiller, Katherine Kicinski, Katherine Russell, Lara Viana, Louisa Chambers, Lucie Winterson, Madeleine Hunter, Madeleine Strindberg, Marie Mackay, Matthew Stradling, Mia Taylor, Miho Sato, Mike Stoakes, Mimei Thompson, Mindy Lee, Nadine Feinson, Nerys Mathias, Nick Fox, Odette England, Pei-Chun Liu, Phil Dobson, Roger Kite, Rosalind Davis, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Sparkes, Shelagh Wakely, Simon Nixon, Sophie Aston, Sophie Baker, Sophie Bedingham-Smith, Theo Kaccoufa, Tobi Deeson, Tom Ranahan, Tomas Georgeson, Velika Janceva, YUCO

What is nature in the twenty first century?

Since the advent of genetic modification we are now able to alter life at its most basic level. As advances are made in science and technology our sphere of control continues to grow. We clear paths through nature, pushing aside the inconvenience of the accidental in order to install the desirable. Does this mean science has given us the ability to control nature? Or is nature, by definition, something that cannot be controlled?

Perhaps nature in the opening years of the 21st Century is not a phenomenon that we can directly refer to. Maybe nature exists as a concept defined solely by the sky, the trees and the flowers; as an idyllic haven irrespective of whether or not it has a human signature. We can talk about getting back to nature, a phrase that imbues nature with a peaceful simplicity that acts as a foil to the apparent chaos of modern life. Is this how we now think about nature?

It is clear that our relationship with nature is always changing and is due to undergo more upheaval as the new millennium proceeds. This exhibition will present the collected thoughts of artists asked to contemplate nature in the Noughties. Free to work in any medium they wish the exhibition will feature a range of different responses to this modern question. It will exist as both a survey of artist’s views and opinions and a demonstration of how artists choose to approach specific subjects in the present day. There is an accompanying online catalogue, which includes writing and images of the work.