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Gayle Chong Kwan: ‘Anthropo-scene’ at Bloomberg Space

Gayle Chong Kwan, 'Anthropo-scene', 2015.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' (installation view) at Bloomberg Space, London.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' (installation view) at Bloomberg Space, London.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' (installation view) at Bloomberg Space, London.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' (installation view) at Bloomberg Space, London.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' at Bloomberg Space. Image courtesy of Bloomberg.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' at Bloomberg Space. Image courtesy of Bloomberg.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' at Bloomberg Space. Image courtesy of Bloomberg.

Gayle Chong Kwan 'Anthropo-scene' at Bloomberg Space. Image courtesy of Bloomberg.

We recently worked on client Gayle Chong Kwan‘s Anthropo-scene’, using our exhibition production services and producing large-scale Direct to Media UV prints on Dibond, marine plywood and glass, Lambda C-type prints, Giclée Fine Art prints and Bespoke framing for the multi-layered installation that explores the built environment, strata and waste, in relation to the City of London.

Fantastical large wall-based photographic panoramas are created from London’s lost buildings and contemporary waste. Installations in the gallery recall stacks of archaeological drawers. The photographic and sculptural elements range in ratio and scale. Chong Kwan brings together contemporary, historic and archaeological objects and materials, juxtaposing excavation and construction, ruin and renewal, and confounding their chronology in order to question what we leave to posterity.

Chong Kwan explores different landscape scenes’ in terms of staging the view, as well as the place, where an action or event occurs. In 2002, Paul Crutzen, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist, suggested that due to increased human population and economic activity we have left the Holocene and entered a new geological epoch. In 2008, a proposal was made to the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London to make Anthropocene a formal unit of geological epoch division. This shift in the relationship between humanity and nature further complicates distinctions between artificial and natural, and real and imaginary – questions raised by Chong Kwans installation.

The works in Anthropo-scene’ assert the importance of waste in giving measure to our lives. Waste is not just matter out place’, a definition first given by Lord Palmerston in the mid-nineteenth century, it forms a denigrated, subordinate position within a spatial taxonomy dominated by binaries – clean and dirty, wanted and rejected, inside and outside. The early uses of the word reflect its Latinate etymology: waste’ is derived from vastus, giving waste the same Latin root as the word vast’ and meaning spaces that are void or immense. The exhibition admits this temporal nature of waste, suggesting places so large, empty or lacking in utility that they bring to bear ideas of space in limbo and out of synch with human activity and proportion.

Chong Kwan’s exhibition for Bloomberg SPACE is the second in the 2015 series, The Homecoming’, a programme of four projects by Adam Dant, Gayle Chong Kwan, David Blandy and Melanie Manchot that explore and respond to the history and architecture of the City of London.

Anthropo-scene

10th April – 27 June

Bloomberg Space,

50 Finsbury Square,

London,

EC2A 1HD

Find out more about Anthropo-scene’ here.

Visit Gayle Chong Kwan’s Website