Posted in Beaux Arts, Cryptozoology, Curiosa & Forteana, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Hair & Fabric, Historia & Memoria, Sculpture, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on August 1st, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia
1 – Evacuate by Kate MccGwire, bird feathers coming out of pot – click to enlarge
When news reached me a month ago that Meadow Arts were curating a year-long site-specific group show of taxidermy, sculpture and installation art entitled House of Beasts at the breathtaking Attingham Park in Shrewsbury (Charles Darwin‘s birthplace – how perfect!), I knew that there was still hope that the Elder Gods can indeed hear our prayers and pleas for great art exhibitions in the UK and do receive our sacrifices.
2 – Foreground: Untitled (Sphere) by Alastair Mackie, mouse skulls, wood, glass, courtesy the artist and All Visual Arts / Background: Herd by Susie MacMurray, cut antlers, silk velvet, Meadow Arts Commission 2011 – click to enlarge
Where Nina Saunders‘ little fox (picture 3) just stretched its paws and yawned, where Tessa Farmer‘s insect warriors battle fearlessly with their porcupine spine spears, where Daphne Wright‘s swan (picture 7) is drying its feathers after an invigorating swim in the River Tern, where Polly Morgan‘s magpie (picture 5) just picked up the phone, where Kate MccGwire‘s leech-like feather blob (picture 1) is spooking and creeping around the house like it’s trapped in some Edward Gorey book or Ray Caesar artwork.
4 – Chandelier (Katy’s Convoy) by Nina Saunders, chandelier with taxidermy birds, courtesy the artist – click to enlarge
I’ve had a long love and passion for artists combining bone and filigree with taxidermy, so I immediately knew this would work perfectly at an old manor house like Attingham Park but when I saw the line-up of artists, I did need to reach for the smelling salts, it is that amazing.
5 – One for Sorrow by Polly Morgan, bakelite telephone and taxidermy magpie, courtesy the artist – click to enlarge
Featured artists include:
*INHALES* Ruth Claxton, Mat Collishaw, Tessa Farmer, Rachel Goodyear, Kathleen Herbert, Alastair Mackie, Susie MacMurray, Kate MccGwire, Polly Morgan, Nina Saunders, Anj Smith, Daphne Wright *EXHALES*.
6 – The Beast in Me by Mat Collishaw, digital photograph, courtesy Anne Faggionato – click to enlarge
Yeah, I know, right? A plethora of reasons to drag yourself to Shropshire before mid-July 2012. Details below.
Many thanks to Anne de Charmant, director of Meadow Arts for the in-situ image material.
7 – Swan by Daphne Wright, cast marble dust, Meadow Arts Commission 2007 – click to enlarge
On show: Jul 2, 2011 – Jul 15, 2012