Galapagos (Paradise Lost I)

Galapagos (Paradise Lost I)

Craig Porter

From June 6th to July 1st
Opening June 8th, 2007 from 7-10pm

In Galapagos (Paradise Lost I) Porter blurs the lines between the world of Man and the Natural world, which is evoked within a microcosmic evolution of technology/industry combined and simultaneously embattled with the natural world in a real survival of the fittest. Through objects like the bell capture/display jars found in cabinets of curiosity, casts of vintage zeppelins and smokestacks, and an array of animals, Porter presents the viewer with conflict of mythic proportions played out over three Island titles and exhibitions: Galapagos, Easter and finally Hawaii. Porter explores and examines loss on a metaphysical, ecological and personal level.

Porter’s concern with the intricacies of written and rewritten histories manifests itself in the sculptural projects which pull on images and tales from childhood up to contemporary politics and scientific research. His practice focuses on exploring the malleability of history and the possibilities to manipulate ideas and concepts into mutations and or spawns of previous beliefs. Porter's technical skill in casting mixed media and utilizing diverse materials from cinnamon to silver leaf produce distinct textures from wax plants to Victorian smokestacks. Pulling on his education under Liz Magor and Ian Carr-Harris, Porter's execution takes priority in the production of the work.