International 2010 Archives
Brandon Ballengée, The Case of the deviant Toad
RIGB, London (UK)
New York artist, activist and ecological researcher, Brandon Ballengée brings his startling high-
In this the International Year of Biodiversity, Ballengée's artistic practice warns of high incidences of amphibian deformity in response to environmental degradation through his creation of aesthetically rich images and intriguing installations.
In this exhibition, Ballengée presents variations of his sculptural series Styx which display cleared and stained specimens of deformed toads, each tiny animal presented in a precisely illuminated glass dish. In a gallery context, the specimens resemble translucent gems ; enchanting, terrible and otherwordly. Framed watercolour prints of detailed vibrant specimens scans are reminiscent of x-
The free exhibition at the Royal Institution, The Case of the Deviant Toad, coincides with the launch of a new publication of Malamp: The Occurence of Deformities in Amphibians by Brandon Ballengée.
Ballengée, now based in New York, has worked with The Arts Catalyst since 2007 leading field trips to Gunpowder Park, Essex, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield to collect specimens which highlight environmental changes which impact on biodiversity.
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Exhibition March 15 -
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Scanner photographs of cleared and stained multi-
Detail: Cleared and stained deformed Pacific treefrog from Styx sculpture installed at the Biotechnique Exhibition, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, San Francisco 2007. Malamp drawings, 1997-