STILL LIVES: HONOURING THE DEAD
Ireland's first rogue taxidermy collective exhibition
17 February - 11 March 2017
Opening on 16 February at 6PM at GalleryX
GalleryX is excited to present the first collective exhibition of rogue taxidermy art to be shown in Ireland. "Rogue taxidermy" is a term coined in 2004 to describe a fine art movement that creates mixed media sculptures using the traditional materials of taxidermy or referencing taxidermy and the preservation of bodies.
This exhibition will bring three of Europe's most accomplished rogue taxidermists under one roof for the first time, together with the work of two photographers whose practice is centred around the portraiture of and our relationship with dead animals. As an art form, rogue taxidermy has a strong ethical element, of celebration of the lives of animals.
By only using found animal carcasses, animals who died of natural causes, or parts salvaged from the meat industry, this work celebrates life even as it focuses our attention on death.
The exhibition features work by:
Iris Schieferstein (GER) A celebrated rogue taxidermist whose creations have been worn on stage by Lady Gaga and collected by many other artists.
Arlene McPadden (IRL) Sligo artist whose brand of creative taxidermy has been admired in solo shows around the country since 2013.
Charlie Tuesday Gates (UK) London-based taxidermist, assemblage artist, performer, and all-round provocateur whose work has been commissioned and collected by celebrities such as Beyonce, Elton John and others.
Gwen Wilkinson (IRL) Carlow photographer whose portraits of taxidermied animals using 1800s techniques creates an eerie throwback to a Victorian aesthetic.
Elena Helfrecht (GER) Hailing from the bleak realms of rural Bavaria, this self-taught photographer uses found animals in a nearly ritualistic fashion to create dark, eerie scenes.