Helen Thompson, Xiamen painting Garden

There’s an inescapable whimsy inherent to the shape of spores and fungi. Equal parts amusing and sinister, they grow into limbless, fleshy creatures on the forest floor, complete with hats and awaiting stories of miniature, translucent females taking up residence in their cheap oil paintings. Artist Helen Thompson has expanded on this idea. Art in…

Logics of scientific discovery

Toril Johannessen is a Norwegian artist whose research-based practice explores points of intersection between art and science. The results of the artist’s study of scientific subjects and natural phenomena, variable stars, synthetic stone and Icelandic spar, for example, are often presented as installations that make reference to pedagogical models and scientific methods of analysis, classification…

Pat Whiteread: critically shifting horizons

I saw Pat Whiteread’s installation at the Camden Arts Centre in November, and I was truly moved by it. Zero Survivability Situations (subtitled Nuclear Winter) was fronted by aspects of the military, and had at its core, a private space–the sphere of domesticity, where families and friends might share food and gossip: warm and secure,…