Best Bogus Botanical Garden
24 March - 13 April 2017 private view 23 March, 2017
Heliumcowboy Bäckerbreitergang 75 20355 Hamburg Germany
Rosie Jenkins, Eline Verstegen, and Chiara Villa
Pantone's recently announced colour of the year affirms the omnipresence of the renewed interest in our relationship with the natural world. However, more than being a short-lived trend, our engagement with nature has altered significantly over the past years, influenced by digitization, urbanism and ecological awareness.
Now, we find ourselves looking for new ways to connect with the natural world.
The exhibition "The Best Bogus Botanical Garden" then aims to highlight how artists are exploring these changes by simulating the very nature we have become disconnected from. The show looks at artists who recreate nature, either by manipulating organic materials, or inventing their own.
To further enhance the illusion of the simulacra, the exhibition will take the form of an immersive installation, transforming the gallery space into an artificial botanical garden.
About the gallery:
Heliumcowboy is an established commercial gallery, founded in 2002 by
owner and artist Jörg Heikhaus. The gallery's aim has been to support
contemporary artists, and it has built up a strong reputation in
pioneering urban art, showing Boris Hoppek and Victor Castillo amongst
others. However, disregarding traditional art boundaries and exhibition
conventions are crucial aspects of its programme, and have made it one
of the most edgy galleries in Hamburg.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
(b. 1991, Oxford) is a London-based artist and curator. She received her
BA (Hons) in Photography from Falmouth University and has since been
developing work. She has gained professional experience working at
Smiths Row (Bury St Edmunds), Fix Photo Festival (London) and Lacey
Contemporary (London). She is currently working on a collaborative
cinematic project. Last year, she co- curated the exhibition “Concrete
Matters”, at Bank Space Gallery (London).
Eline Verstegen (b. 1991, Antwerp) is a London-based curator. She
received her MA in History (University of Antwerp) and was a successful
graduate of Sotheby’s Institute of Art summer school “Contemporary Art
in London”. She gained professional experience working at the Rubenianum
(Antwerp), Artefact Festival (Leuven), The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
(Venice), and HORST (Leuven). She is currently involved with the visual
arts magazine Tique | art paper. Last year, she co-curated the
exhibition “Concrete Matters”, at Bank Space Gallery (London).
Chiara Villa (b. 1994, Rome) is a London-based artist and curator. She
received her BA in History of Art from UCL and she gained further
academic knowledge by attending summer and evening courses on
contemporary art and the art market at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She
has gained professional experience working at Sprovieri Gallery
(London), Ronchini Gallery (London), and The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
(Venice). She is currently working on her art production. Last year,
she co-curated the exhibition “Concrete Matters”, at Bank Space Gallery