A zoetrope is a 'wheel of life' - a Victorian optical trick that produces the illusion of movement, with a spinning cylinder and flashing lights. Back in the 1800s, we'd have pouncing lions, leaping acrobats, dancing bears. In 2014, former YBA Collishaw made something rather different. All Things Fall is a spinning theatre of evil: King Herod's massacre of the innocents. We watch baby thrown from a temple again and again, twitching piles of infants, naked women lashed by men. It is mesmerising, and horrifying. Watch it below.
This month, another Collishaw zoetrope comes to London. But if infanticide isn't your bag, don't worry. This new, rather springlike work presents scenes of strutting bowerbirds and birds of paradise as they perform elaborate mating
rituals. It is a captivating work, but tinged with melancholy: trapped on this endless carousel, these birds represent our contemporary desire for self-promotion, however fruitless.
Elsewhere in the exhibition, Collishaw continues the examination of visual power play. Twelve
trompe l’oeil paintings of British garden birds tethered to perches. These works sing of Carel Fabritius’ 17th-century painting The
Goldfinch, on which Donna Tartt's novel of the same name was based. Their captive beauty smarts.
See these, and other of Collishaw's beautiful, heartsick tributes to the natural world this spring
Mat Collishaw’s VR artwork THRESHOLDS launches at Photo London and will be on view at Somerset House from 18 May - 11 June 2017
|What||Mat Collishaw, Blain|Southern|
|Where||Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square, London , W1S 1BP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
07 Apr 17 – 27 May 17, Monday to Friday: 10am - 6pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm
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