Bloom: mutation, toxicity and the sublime

Bloom: mutation, toxicity and the sublime

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

December 18, 2003

Bloom: mutation, toxicity and the sublime
13/12/2003 - 07/02/2004

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Contemporary Art Museum
Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth New Zealand

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Curator: Gregory Burke

Image: Motohiko Odani Rompers (video still) 2003

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is pleased to present Bloom: mutation, toxicity and the sublime, the most exciting contemporary art event being staged in New Zealand this summer. Bloom brings together a group of thirteen artists who in diverse ways examine the impact of scientific progress and experimentation on both nature and human consciousness and the representation of this theme in popular culture. At its most straightforward, Bloom introduces audiences to the compelling and disturbing topic of the relationship of the human condition to the natural world with specific reference to such issues as environmental exploitation, genetic manipulation, mutation, deformity, disease, toxicity, intoxication and the development of artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

By grouping works by these artists the exhibition aims to examine contemporary notions of the sublime in an era characterised by increasing political debate surrounding humanity’s environmental and ethical responsibilities as the dominant species on the planet. While artists have long broached moral and political concerns over such responsibilities Bloom collects responses from artists who approach the issue from a more philosophical perspective.

Participating artists are Hany Armanious, Christine Borland, David Hatcher, Tamami Hitsuda, Eduardo Kac, Denise Kum, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Susan Norrie, Motohiko Odani, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Patricia Piccinini, Magnus Wallin and Boyd Webb.

Accompanied by a full colour catalogue

Generously supported by Vidcom

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