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The Fall: Art & photography by Ernesto Caivano and Anna Laurent
Sat 20 May, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm BST
The Fall is an exhibition of works by two American artists, Ernesto Caivano and Anna Laurent. Inspired by a passion for natural forms, each draws on a rich heritage of artistic and scientific illustration. Together they take the viewer on a journey through an unfamiliar wonderland in which all is not what it seems, where abstraction turns out to be figurative, and figuration a route back to abstraction.
Anna Laurent is an award-winning photographer who combines scientific enquiry with a keen sense of humour. In Dispersal she explores seeds & seed vessels, transforming familiar species into works of abstract art, meanwhile offering a naturalist’s insight into these functional forms. Born in Boston in 1979, Laurent studied at Harvard University, then relocated to Los Angeles, where she began studying plants. Her first book, ‘The Botanic Wall Chart’, was published in 2016 (University of Chicago). She has had solo exhibitions at Harvard University and UC Berkeley. In February 2017 she was awarded the Royal Photographic Society bronze medal in conjunction with an exhibition at London’s Kew Gardens.
Ernesto Caivano is known for his intricate drawings through which the viewer glimpses episodes from an ongoing meta-narrative of two separated lovers. Eschewing a simple linear story, Caivano presents detailed studies of a fully imagined alternative universe with its own flora and fauna. Born in Madrid in 1972, Caivano studied at the Cooper Union and Columbia University. His work has won widespread recognition in the USA, and can be found in the collections of MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum in New York and LACMA in Los Angeles. This will be the first time he has exhibited in London since participating in No New Thing Under The Sun at the Royal Academy in 2010.
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