Natural Selection by Andy & Peter Holden;
Towner Gallery;
Eastbourne, East Sussex;
2nd February 2018.

© Pete Jones
pete@pjproductions.co.uk

Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection

Natural Selection marks the culmination of a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, the well-known ornithologist Peter Holden. Their collaborative work takes us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.

Featuring objects, sculptures, videos and animation, the exhibition has been conceived to celebrate an astonishing diversity of natural forms and embrace different ways of looking.  At first glance, it may appear to be about one kind of knowledge – natural history – but it is equally concerned with social history, aesthetics and communication. Through their investigation into often over-looked subjects, the Holdens open up different areas of enquiry such as morphology, evolution, intelligence and creativity, as well as reflecting on the nature of collaboration and parental influence.

Natural Selection was commissioned by Artangel, Towner Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and Leeds Art Gallery, with the support of the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Spike Island and Bristol Green Capital 2015, the Henry Moore Foundation and Artangel’s Guardian Angels.

Astonishing ★★★★★ The Observer

Full of surprises ★★★★ The Guardian

Deeply emotional ★★★★ Time Out London


Recreating a collection

In the installation How the Artist Was Led to the Study of Nature (2017), Andy Holden recreated Richard Pearson’s illegal collection of wild birds eggs, which was uncovered by RSPB officers in a raid in 2006. The eggs that you see in the exhibition have been handmade by Peter Rowland – a replica birds’ egg craftsman. In this documentary, Rowland talks about how he came to be an egg maker and offers unique insight into the way he works.

Documentary: Peter Rowland from Artangel on Vimeo.


Images:

  • Andy Holden & Peter Holden, Natural Selection, 2017. An Artangel commission. Photo by Pete Jones.
  • Andy Holden & Peter Holden, Natural Selection, 2017. An Artangel commission. Photo by Pete Jones.
  • Andy Holden & Peter Holden, Natural Selection, 2017. An Artangel commission. Photo by Alison Bettles.
  • Andy Holden & Peter Holden, Natural Selection, 2017. An Artangel commission. Photo by Pete Jones.
  • Andy Holden & Peter Holden, Natural Selection, 2017. An Artangel commission. Photo by Pete Jones.
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