Heresies exhibition at The Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee 28 April – 23 June 2012

heresies flyer

Heresies features three artists, B E Cole, Stuart Mackenzie and Roger Wilson, presenting responses to D’Arcy Thompson’s collection in the University of Dundee and to the theories and observations arising from his research. D’Arcy Thompson was the first Professor of Biology at Dundee and this exhibition marks the start of a two-year project which will explore his influence on the visual arts. It is part of a special initiative by the University’s Museum Services supported by the Art Fund’s RENEW scheme.

The exhibition title refers to Thompson’s own description of his research in the eyes of the scientific establishment. It also works as a reminder of the impact of his work on artists practising in the first half of the 20th century and their effort to establish a visual language connected to the natural world but distanced from academic naturalism.

You took the part that once was my heart

You took the part that was once my heart

Drawing on the remarkable collection of the David Livingstone Centre at Blantyre, Sybren Renema and Timmy van Zoelen have assembled over 20 wooden objects and tree fragments for display at Glasgow University’s Hunterian Museum. Hoping to shed new light on the Scot whose missionary travels and “disappearance” in Africa gave him almost mythical status, the artists have set themselves the task of assembling the scattered fragments of David Livingstone’s ‘funeral tree’, the African muvla tree under which the explorer’s heart was buried by his loyal servants after his death in 1873 in present-day Zambia.

This work has been commissioned by The Mutual for the Hunterian Museum as part of The Mutual Charter in association with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012.