The Howard Griffin Gallery have a stormer of an exhibition coming up with one of our favourite artists, Phlegm. We’re VERY excited to catch the opening of this show, where Phlegm creates a modern bestiary within his own universe.
Through an immersive and large scale installation in wood, clay and plaster, Phlegm presents a taxonomic categorisation of his creatures and collects them in one place for the first time. Within the expansive sections of the installation, and working in bas and high relief, Phlegm displays a series of works akin to the Lascaux cave paintings. Inspired by the bestiarys of old, these works contain untold fables and narratives.
A bestiary was an illustrated compendium of animals, half real and half imagined, setting out the natural history of each beast within and its moral significance. A bestiary was not a scientific text and while some beasts and descriptions were quite accurate, others were completely fanciful. Such bestiarys belonged to the ancient world and were popularised during the Middle Ages as didactic tools.
The show opens on 1st February, so make sure you pop that date in your diary! We can’t wait
The Howard Griffin Gallery, 189 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6HU
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