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Sunbathers

Ackroyd & Harvey

© Ackroyd & Harvey
2000 – 2020

Originally developed during their NESTA funded residency at IGER, Aberystwyth. Subsequently commissioned for Paradise Now: Picturing The Genetic Revolution, Exit Art, Soho, New York (2000); and as part of their solo shows; Presence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA (2001); at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales (2002) Fotosintesi, Metronom (2004).

“The works in Paradise Now investigate urgent issues and concerns triggered by the modification of human cells, nature, and food, and provide viewers with an opportunity to pay closer attention to the dramatic advances in science and to reflect upon the boundaries between science and the human imagination.”
Extract from Paradise Now catalogue

“Sunbathers: on Aberystwyth beach two reclining figures emerge out of grass and merge into it, at the same time fixed and ephemeral. Subverting our idea of sunning in the garden, these sunbathers are literally ‘inside’ a meadow. The pebbles they lie on, mutating into blades of grass, recede into the distance to metamorphose into constellations. People have ‘become’ landscape, stones have ‘become’ sky.”
Extract from A Potent Art by Leslie Forbes from Sunbathers catalogue

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