Voyage on Uncanny Seas in Art Papers

May 1st, 2011

Voyage on Uncanny Seas, curated by Mark Dion, has been reviewed in the May/June 2011 issue of Art Papers magazine by Annie Holingworth.


Like the ocean itself, the intricacies and wonders of Voyage on Uncanny Seas lie below the surface [Gallery Diet;  Feburary 11- March 5, 2011]. Curated by artist Mark Dion, this group exhibition features works by artists from disparate backgrounds. The unifying theme, a concern for the underwater environment, responds to the two seemingly opposing events: the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, and the recent completion of the landmark Census of Marine Life, which reveals and impressive level of marine biodiversity and identifies over 6,000 new species.

Of all the work on view, projects by Klara Hobza and David Brooks, both former students of Dion’s, sit most distinctly within contemporary art practice.Hobz’a video The Quijote Obstacle Course (Trainingsparcours), 2010, documents her preparations for a scuba-diving adventure across Europe along the Rhine. Other works seem to operate outside- or even on spite of- dominant trends. Juan Valdez and Katherine McLeod’s delicate works on paper evoke humble, personal experiences of underwater animals…


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