As the British summer continues to be a washout, Berlin-based artist Simon Faithfull, along with other leading artists such as Larry Achiampong, Peggy Atherton and Karin Bos, is exploring a possible dystopian future.
Launching at The Exchange in Penzance, Fathom is a major solo show of Faithfull's work, featuring Re-enactment for a Future Scenario no.2: Cape Romano – a film shot in the water-bound ruins of a futuristic beach house off the coast of Florida. Following two hurricanes, the remaining domes are visible above water but are now 50m from the shore, highlighting the continuing shifting of boundaries.
Other works present lone figures in unlikely landscapes; a man striding slowly but purposefully over the seabed, and a silver-suited figure who time and again boards a burning plane, surviving in a landscape consumed by another element, fire.
Taking its title from Max Ernst’s 1942 surrealist painting Europe After The Rain, the exhibition explores a future environment where things have evolved or devolved, into a strange new state. Though out of this catastrophe, there may be optimism. While some of the works consider normal things from our everyday world (such as caravans or ski-slopes) when framed within the wider context of the exhibition these works become artefacts within a collective dream – a dream of an imagined landscape to come.
Presenting painting, sculpture and film installation, exhibiting artists will include, among others, Larry Achiampong, Peggy Atherton, Karin Bos, Crowe & Rawlinson, Nick Laessing, Onya McCausland, Melanie Manchot, Rebecca Partridge and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay. In addition to Fathom and Europe After The Rain, Faithfull’s work can also be at Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton until 30 June, with Elsewhen, an exhibition of artworks that aims to connect the local, everyday scale of our lives to the wider, global scale of the planet. He is also showing work in the Naturkunde Museum in Berlin until 22 September. Discover more: simonfaithfull.org.