Nottingham Contemporary’s striking green and gold panels greet visitors as they head towards the Lace Market area. Designed by Caruso St. John architects, the gallery is subtle and fearlessly modern but still compliments the Victorian hinterland.
The latest exhibition follows in a long line of successful and challenging shows. For director and curator Alex Farquharson this is a project of personal significance, something that he has been planning for years.
Aquatopia looks at the ocean as a completely alien space, one that covers 70% of our planet’s surface. It is an environment that we can’t exist in and one that holds more mystery than the surrounding galaxies – beautiful, frightening and completely unforgiving.
The exhibition dives into the deep, confronting our fears and expertly positioning artefact next to artwork, historic with contemporary. Infinite imaginative interpretations of the inter-relationships and their narratives are achieved.
Highlights include – a Japanese print of cephalopod cunnilingus, Turner’s Sun Rise with Sea Monsters and free-diving South Korean women, alongside Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka’s glass models of marine creatures and the Otolith Group’s film Hydra Decapita, sound-tracked by electro pioneers Drexciya.
It’s a literary exhibition, minus the words – art as sentences, carefully constructed and edited.