The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, December 20, 2014


Baltic Centre Presents A Duck for Mr. Darwin: Evolutionary Thinking & the Struggle to Exist
Mark Dion, Department of Tropical Research, 2005. Mixed media. Dimension variable. Courtesy: in Situ fabienne leclerc, Paris. Photo: Marc Domage.
GATESHEAD.- A Duck for Mr. Darwin is a group exhibition of nine contemporary artists exploring evolutionary thinking and the theory of natural selection. Transforming Level 3 Gallery of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art from Friday 10 April, the show will feature sculpture, drawing, painting, film and installation. Focusing on the legacy of Charles Darwin’s ideas, this exhibition is informed by the spirit of experimentation which was so distinctive to the time in which he lived.

The mindset of the Victorian naturalist and his contemporaries, their sense of scientific experimentation and genuine wonder at their respective discoveries are shared by several of the artists in the exhibition. Ideas of isolated, closed worlds of meaning and ordered systems recur throughout, as does the location of the Galapagos Islands . Several of the artists’ visited the Islands and have made work as a result. These remarkable islands were pivotal to the story of the development of Darwin ’s theory and have continued to exert a fascination to many.

The art mixes fact and fiction, experimentation and observation, methods of display and personal research. Collectively these artists reveal facets of Darwin ’s extraordinary ideas. The exhibition presents work by nine international contemporary artists including a number of new commissions – a large working wormery by Tania Kovats, a museum tableau on the early Victorian explorers by Mark Dion and a new sound work by Andrew Dodds.

Mark Dion ( USA ) whose practice and methods look at history and its presentation will create an installation that concerns some of the lesser known Victorian naturalists and tropical collectors. These buccaneering characters, including H.W. Bates, Richard Spruce and Alfred Russel Wallace boldly ventured to remote locations like the Amazon in the 1850’s and were part of a colonial endeavour and early science. Since the 1980’s Dion has developed and constructed installations, re-creating laboratories and museum displays, looking at ways of ordering knowledge and the classification of systems.

Tania Kovats ( UK ) is an artist who has recently completed a commission to create the Darwin Canopy, an artwork entitled TREE set into the ceiling of the Natural History Museum, London , that celebrates the life and work of Charles Darwin. For BALTIC, Kovat’s continues her exploration of Darwin ’s work by creating Worm, a fully working wormery that will change over the course of the exhibition. Earthworms fascinated Darwin throughout his life and were the subject of his last publication. Kovats who has a long-standing interest in geology frequently makes work that responds to what she describes as “geological explicit landscapes”.

Marcus Coates ( UK ) whose practice has continually questioned the ways in which we relate to other species, presents two new works which were made whilst on a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands . Intelligent Design, a film which captures a mating ritual of giant tortoises on the island and Human Report for Channel 9, Galapagos TV where Coates dresses up as a native bird for local television to address the reality of evolution on the island today.

Charles Avery ( UK ) has created a new environment of drawings and sculpture. This forms part of his ongoing project, The Islanders where through drawing and sculpture Avery describes the topology, cosmology and inhabitants of an imaginary island. This island has been inspired in part by Avery’s childhood spent on the island of Mull , off the west coast of Scotland . For BALTIC, Avery presents a sculpture entitled One Armed Snake and a number of drawings including one of a bar and gambling emporium in Onomatopoeia – a town on Avery’s island.

Dorothy Cross (IRL) has been making significant works since the late 80’s across a variety of media. Cross’s work often has a strong sculptural presence. Her imagery is drawn from a unique vision and sometimes visceral relationship with nature. Stage, a film created by Cross in 2007 whilst on a visit to the Galapagos Island, was made to be shown in the Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury which Charles Darwin attended with his mother as a child. It is a conversation with a friend which combines questions on the possibility of art on the Galapagos Islands , personal reflections, scientific enquiry, and fragments of writing and poetry. Other works in the BALTIC exhibition include Sapiens, and Jellyfish Lake.

Andrew Dodds ( UK ) draws on his research visit to the Galapagos Islands in 2001 and his long standing interest in the wider social and cultural implications of Darwin ’s theories. Dodds is a sculptor with a cross media approach and who adopts a range of roles and strategies within his practice. For a new work at BALTIC Dodds looks at the contestations between evolutionary theory and creationism and its role within contemporary teachings, specifically in the North East region.

Mark Fairnington ( UK ) known for his meticulously detailed paintings of insects and animals has created Tally, a large painting of a four year old stud bull. The domestication of animals and our capacity to breed, cross fertilise and to make different forms and hybrids through the knowledge of genetics today perhaps compels us as much as it did in Darwin ’s day. Alongside this are a series of recent paintings of images of the eyes of wild animals, which were presented and prepared for museum display.

Ben Jeans Houghton (UK) a recent Fine Art graduate from Northumbria University , Newcastle will present On the Ark and I, a durational performance taking place throughout the length of the exhibition. Jeans Houghton creates art within self imposed structures. Exploiting his own attention to minutiae, he has created a scientific workshop, and complete environment that he perpetually reorders.

Conrad Shawcross ( UK ) is renowned for his ambitious works that engage such disciplines as physics, biology, geometry, philosophy and cosmology. Pre-Retroscope V comprises a hand-constructed wooden rowing boat and a series of objects collected by Shawcross as he navigated the River Lea in London last summer. The boat incorporates a circular track system, and camera, which make a 360 degree panoramic film of the horizon in a poetically futile attempt to capture a moment or experience in its entirety. A compelling fusion of performative artistic practice with scientific discovery and urban exploration, Pre-Retroscope V gently nods to the impossibility of a singular knowledge, or of a total understanding of our surroundings at any one time.

A Duck for Mr. Darwin has been curated by Alessandro Vincentelli (Acting Head of Programme) at BALTIC and devised to coincide with the Darwin 200 programme of celebrations and events.

The title references the story of an exchange between the young naturalists Alfred Russel Wallace who sent a particular specimen, a domestic duck from the island of Lombok to Darwin in 1857. Within a year a second parcel arrived from the Malay jungle containing Wallace’s short twenty page essay on species variation. This package proved to be the catalyst precipitating the publishing of Darwin ’s monumental theory - the book we now know as the Origin of Species.





Last Week News

April 9, 2009

First Display of Art from the University of Iowa Museum to Open at the Figge Art Museum

Ten Curators in the Running for a Share in 75,000 Pound Prize for Contemporary Craft at Collect 2009

Design Plans for British Museum's New Development Revealed

Development Team of Boston Museum Bids on New Downtown Site

Sotheby's Spring Sale of Russian Art in New York will be Held on April 22

Gandhara: Pakistan's Buddhist Legacy, Legends, Monasteries and Edens Opens at Martin Gropius Bau

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed Perform Together May 1 in Benefit Concert to Support the ICA/Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to Lend Gauguin Masterwork to Sister Museum in Nagoya, Japan

Nassau County Museum of Art Announces Exhibition of Opulent Splendor of France's Second Empire

Sprawling Multipart Project by Artist Angelo Plessas Opens at Jeu de Paume

Barceló's Sea: In the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room of the UN in Geneva

Photographs of Frida Kahlo to be Featured in Exhibition at Albright-Knox

KC Artists Focus of Exhibition Interchange on View at Kemper Museum's Kemper East

Royal Collection Announces a Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf to Open at Bellevue Arts Museum this Summer

The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents the Luminous Landscapes of April Gornik

Discover Toronto for Free with ROMwalks

The Art of Floral Arranging Takes Center Stage at Detroit Institute of Arts

New Currents in Contemporary: UNC-Chapel Hill Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

April 8, 2009

Filmmaker Ángeles González-Sinde Appointed New Minister of Culture in Spain

Grand Palais Opens Exhibition of Paintings by Artists Fascinated by Optical Illusions and Visual Puzzles

British Museum to Examine the Semi-mythical Status of Moctezuma and his Legacy Today in Exhibition

Indianapolis Museum of Art Launches ArtBabble.org, A First-of-its-kind Website Dedicated to Art Video

A Constable, a Broom Closet Find, and a Missing Heir at Bonhams 19th Century Picture Sale

The J. Paul Getty Museum will Return a 1st Century Roman Fresco to Italy in May 2009

The Morgan Receives Important Gift of Forty Drawings from Artist Jim Dine

2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial Opens in Maine

Agathe Snow "Views From the Top, Vertigo and Constellations" on View at Jeu de Paume

Francisco Sebastián Nicolau, One of the Most Remarkable Representatives of Realism, Exhibits at IVAM

MoMA Presents a 22-Film Retrospective of the French Director and Screenwriter Julien Duvivier

Seamus Heaney's 70th Birthday to be Celebrated by Special Exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art

N.C. Museum of Art Expansion Project One Year from Grand Opening

Major Installations by Mark Dion and Micha Ullman at Israel Museum

"Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming" on Display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Whitney to Present Selection of Early Sculptures and Drawings by Oldenburg and van Bruggen

New Photography Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society Document the Architectural Landmarks of New York City

47 Galleries to Participate in Madridfoto, from May 7th to May 10th

The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Le Nuit des Musees...the Night of Museums on May 16

Hyde Partners with Forty Organizations for Region-wide Season of Degas

April 7, 2009

Pompidou Offers Comprehensive Overview of the Work of Russian Artist Wassily Kandinsky

Important Works by Tamara de Lempicka From the Collection of Wolfgang Joop to be Sold at Sotheby's

Whitechapel Gallery Unveiled its Ambitious Expansion Following a 13.5 Million Capital Campaign

The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Art Thief, Rock-and-Roller, and Prodigal Son

Christie's to Offer L.S. Lowry's 1935 Classic a Market Place, Berwick-upon-Tweed in May 2009

Jeu de Paume Confronts the Works of Harun Farocki and Rodney Graham in Exhibition

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Announces Exhibition by British Photographer Fiona Crisp

Contemporary Asian Art at Sotheby's Hong Kong Brings US$8.5 Million

Martin-Gropius Bau Dedicates Exhibition to One of Germany's Most Significant Photographers

Art Basel Announces Solo Shows by 27 Young Artists as Part of its Art Statements Sector

MoMA Marks 30 Years of Celebrating Contemporary German Cinema with Kino! at Thirty: New Cinema from Germany

A Fragment of a Hebrew Inscription from the Period of the Kings of Judah was Found

Opportunity for Discussions on Ways to Apply Architectural Skills to the Particular Needs of Individual Communities

80 Major Contemporary Works from Dallas Collections Juxtaposed in Intimate, Unexpected Groupings in Private Universes

Vancouver Art Gallery Only North American Museum to Present Exhibition by Renowned Photographer Andreas Gursky

Museum of Fine Arts in Houston Premieres Landmark Exhibition of Two Thousand Years of Vietnamese Art

Queen's Former Expert Entertains At The Bowes Museum

Immobilité: A New Work by Mark Amerika, Considered the First-ever Feature-Length Mobile Phone Art Film

National Museum of the American Indian Awarded Accreditation by the American Association of Museums

Bob Trotman: Business As Usual Takes on Corporate Culture

Exhibition Explores Imagery and Function of Puppets

April 6, 2009

Urbino's Most Illustrious Son, Raphael, Honored with Exhibition in his Hometown in Italy

Smithsonian Exhibits Six Architectural Models in Design Competition for New Museum

The Middelheim Museum to Play Host to Pioneering Artist Chris Burden

A Woman with a Camera: Liselotte Grschebina Opens at Martin-Gropius Bau

Magnetic Landscape: An Exhibition of Contemporary Video Art on View at the Columbus Museum

Opportunity Resources Inc. Announces Search for Executive Director of The C.M. Russell Museum

La Casa Encendida Presents the Exhibition Portraits of New York: Photographs from the MoMA

Water Spirit is Focus of National Museum of African Art Exhibition

Palazzo dei Diamanti Opens Morandi: the Art of the Etching

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art Presents Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture

Western Art Expert Spotlights American Masterpieces for Tyler Museum of Art's Spring Lecture Series

Exhibition Gives a Fascinating Insight into the Family Life of Emily Tinne

In Advance of the Upcoming Sale Villa Grisebach Shows Mies van der Rohe and Photography

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Opens First European Museum Solo Exhibition for Jorge Pardo

Walker Art Gallery Announces Compelling Exhibition by Celebrated Women Artists

Gwen John and Auguste Rodin's Relationship Uncovered through New Art Display at National Museum Cardiff

Sotheby's to Sell Giorgio Soavi's Collection - Friend of Giacometti, Balthus, Sutherland and Alechinsky

A Pier from the Hellenistic Period was Discovered in Akko

Brooklyn Museum Announces Exhibition of a New Generation of Feminist Video Artists

High Presents Tenth Annual French Film Yesterday and Today

April 5, 2009

Eiffel Tower, Symbol of France, Celebrates its 120th Anniversary with Makeover

MoMA Opens First Museum Exhibition to Explore the Work of Leon Ferrari and Mira Schendel

Ric Ocasek's Noise Colored Party on View at the Mahan Gallery in Columbus

New Site Transports Museum Collections Directly to Visitors' Homes and Educators' Classrooms

First Major Institutional Exhibition Outside of Great Britain by Lucy Skaer at Kunsthalle Basel

Irish Art Masterpieces For Sale at Sotheby's London in May

Art Fair Tokyo Returns to Tokyo International Forum with 143 Galleries, Both Domestic and International

Discover the Works in the National Gallery Canada Collection through Previously Unpublished Articles

The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850-1900 on View at the Hammer Museum

Designs for 193M Pound New Library of Birmingham Unveiled

Museum Presents an Exhibition of Outdoor Furniture by Designer Richard Schultz

Exhibition by Painter Rosson Crow Features Large-scale, Vivid Depictions of Nostalgia-laden Interiors

$3.1 Million Grant will Pave Way for Canal/Boat Museum

NEA, AU and U.S. Department of State Announce NEA International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts

Georgia Museum of Art to Organize The South in Black and White: The Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939-1946

Sweets & Treats: Wayne Thiebaud in the Collection of the Norton Simon Museum Announced

"Monuments in Peril: Venice" Round-Table Discussion at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on April 16

Author Susan Sully to Speak at New Orleans Museum of Art on April 26

Jack and Suzy Welch Discuss a Life-Transforming Approach to Decision Making at the Smithsonian

Seen But Not Heard: Paintings by Margarete Hahner to Open at L.A. Valley College Art Gallery

April 4, 2009

Baroque 1620 - 1800: Style In The Age of Magnificence Opens at Victoria & Albert Museum

Artist Yoko Ono Unveils "Promised Piece" to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

SFMOMA Announces Planning Phase for New Wing to Double Gallery Space

Picasso Portrait from the Collection of Julian Schnabel Highlights Christies Impressionist Sale

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Cuts Staff, Salaries, Budget and will Reasses Exhibition Schedule

National Gallery of Art Acquires Seminal Painting by Norman Lewis

Art Gallery of Ontario Remix Exhibition Redefines the 21st-century Indian Artist

Collection of Prints and Drawings: Jakob S. Boeskov: Siggimund at Statens Museum for Kunst

Indianapolis Museum of Art Presents Fashion in Bloom in the Paul Fashion Arts Gallery

Art of India Past and Present Opens at Peabody Essex Museum

Flying Goldfish Feature in I Wish I Am Fish, a New Performance by Artist Paola Pivi

VMFA Acquires "Spectacular" Picture Scroll From India and 1888 Oil Portrait by "Best Woman Painter in History"

Old Meets New in Photography Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges

"Just A Moment, Please," A New L.A.-Based Public Art Project By Amely Spoetzl Presented By ArtLab21

Frank Gehry Selected to Design Eisenhower National Memorial

Film Director Mike Figgis and Tate Liverpool Work Together on Film Project

Bernard Plossu. The Land of Landscapes

British Artist Susan Collins at De La Warr Pavillion

Fake or Faint Exhibition Project Presents Amy Granat, Annja Krautgasser and Katrin Mayer

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site