Artist Andy Holden and his ornithologist father Peter take us on a journey from nest-building to egg-collecting – or is it the other way around?
This exhibition brings together Andy and Peter’s personal collections of found objects with sculpted birdsong, a human-scale bower bird nest, exquisite replica eggs crafted from porcelain and two new video works.
In one film, A Natural History of Nest Building, father and son explore the intertwined themes of nesting and creativity in birds: practical or aesthetic?
In the second, A Social History of Egg Collecting the artist examines the history of egg-collecting, from wholesome pursuit to destructive obsession.
Through these questions the films invite us to reflect on nature, nurture, the urban and the rural, humanity’s relation to the environment but also parent and child relations and the nature of art itself.
Natural Selection was co-commissioned with Artangel, Towner Art Gallery and Leeds Art Gallery with the support of the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Spike Island and Bristol Green Capital 2015, the Henry Moore Foundation and Artangel’s Guardian Angels.
‘A show of marvels’ – The Observer
‘A risky celebration of the dastardly life of birds – The Guardian
Image: © Simon Warner