BLUEGroup Show, AH Studio, London, November 2019
BLUE ambassador Andrea Hamilton joined forces with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), the charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing, to present a new exhibition featuring 36 lauded artists and their responses to that most precious and fundamental of elements: water.
Curated by Nico Kos Earle, the thought-provoking and intuitive works in the show offer a range of media, from bronze sculptures and oil paintings to cyanotypes, photograms and LED light-based works, reflecting an ongoing connection to, and observation of, the ocean. Many of the artists live in coastal towns and create works in response to climate change and over fishing.
Artists include Chris Levine, whose lenticular of The Queen remains one of the most iconic portraits of royalty. Specially for the show, Levine has created a uniquely coloured ‘Blipvert’ which can only be seen with peripheral vision. Celebrated sculptor Hamish Mackie’s monumental ammonite remind us that the sea has been with us – and vital for survival – since Jurassic times. Internationally-acclaimed Belgian sculptor Koen Vanmechelen’s work explores the interplay between art, science and philosophy, while Deborah Tarr’s sumptuous abstracts have the same meditative power as a wild, rolling sea. Meanwhile Nancy Cadogan, fresh from a sell-out show at the Saatchi Gallery, examined the power of the sea inside our minds. Proceeds from the show were split equally between artists and BLUE.