ROBIN CROFUT-BRITTINGHAM SPECULATIVE ECOLOGY
April 14th - June 2nd
Saturday, April 21st
7 - 9pm
Galerie Youn is delighted to present Speculative Ecology, the gallery's second solo exhibition by Robin Crofut-Brittingham. This series includes 10 highly detailed watercolour paintings on paper, including three triptychs in wood frames that form a shelter.
This exhibition stems from her previous solo at Galerie Youn, Nowhere Place, which considered the literal translation of utopia, depicting a void, as the center subject, encircled with foliage. Speculative Ecology presents an overgrowth of nature with few human remains. New lily pads and tropical storks linger on a manicured pool. The flowers, often the poisonous Oleander or Angel's Trumpets, spray off branches alongside sausages and red nets of oranges. The musicality of repeating shapes, leaves, lobes, is punctuated by our artificial leftovers.
"There is a politic of details," Robin Crofut-Brittingham says, "So many things are mass produced."
The grocery bags with "thank you, thank you, thank you" printed brightly are a microcosm for the way consumerism has eclipsed natural equilibrium. The triptychs are framed as forms of shelters. Speculative Ecology examines our relationship to nature and the reiteration of that relationship, to produce.
Text by Maya Stewart Pathak