International 2008 Archives
Chris Drury, Mushrooms and Clouds
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (USA)
One of Great Britain's most prolific and respected Conceptual artists, Chris Drury, investigates themes related to the environment, emplasizing cycles of destruction and regeneration in nature, and the ways that humans affect these processes. In Mushrooms / Clouds, Drury brings an international perspective to topics ranging from land and water appropriation to nuclear testing in the American West. In many of hos artworks -
Why Mushrooms and Clouds?
As primary regenarators of soil in nature, but also poisonous agents of death, mushrooms are a metaphor for the cycle of destruction and regenration in the environment. From mushroom spore prints to a sculpture that takes the form of a nuclear mushroom cloud, and multiple video works that explore cloud-
The exhibition includes multiple new artworks commissioned by the Nevada Museum of Art in collaboration with the following partners:
With his support, Drury constructed a wooden "cloud chamber" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. A hand-
Desert Research Institute:
With cooperation from scientists, Life in a Field of Death translates the genetic code of a living organism found in soil gathered from the Nevada Test Site, on of the most abused nuclear landscapes in the world. A second sculpture, 569 Shelter Stones, uses stones gathered near Pyramid Lake to create a shelter made from 569 stones, echoing to the number of genes in the partial DNA sequence of a soil bacteria from Frenchman's Flat.
Exhibition August 09 -
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Left : Chris Drury, Cloud Pool Chamber, 2008, logs from Donner Memorial State Park, Truckee, CA. Collection of the artist; image courtesy Dean Burton
Beyound : Chris Drury, Destroying Angel, 2008