Natural Selection: Hugo Dalton, Paul Davies, Stewart Helm, Janet Laurence, Peter Newman, Angela Palmer, Mario Rossi, Gina Soden and Stephen Sack

29 July - 29 August 2013

Natural Selection is a group show of international contemporary artists that dealt with the duality between the manmade and natural. The exhibition included photography, painting, sculpture, installation and drawings.

The works consider the relationship between built and natural environments. Some works such as Janet Laurence’s photographic installations explore the way in which urban and manmade activity can be threatening and others point to instances of harmony between the two forces, for instance Peter Newman’s cityscapes and Paul Davies’ evocative paintings of modernist buildings in powerful landscapes.

Gina Soden and Angela Palmer consider the destructive and overwhelming power of natural forces in their own unique ways. Soden’s painterly photographs depict mother nature reclaiming abandoned and derelict buildings left to ruin. In her dolls house installation Palmer allows wild ivy to suffocate the symbol of our civilized architecture.

Stephen Sack elicits a sense of awe at the micro processes of the plant world and how they have a key part to play in modern science. Mario Rossi’s paintings play with the sensation of the sublime in nature, presenting both beauty and danger in his watercolour seascapes. 

Hugo Dalton's plein air work takes in the minutiae of London park life via a hand drawn path of interconnected stories, flora and forna. Finally, Stewart Helm’s overwhelming ink drawings present the indeterminable boundaries between the animal world and humankind.