26 July - 14 September 2014
Paul Chaney’s exhibition Lizard Exit Plan details how the current population of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall could theoretically survive the aftermath of an unspecified apocalyptic event.
Chaney has closely examined the resources available to the population of the Lizard, and identified the practical survival skills, knowledge and a philosophy that could be useful in a post-apocalyptic society that is no longer part of the global economy. In the Lizard Exit Plan exhibition he uses a series of screenprints, cyanotype blueprints, and built structures to illustrate and test parts of this post-apocalyptic plan.
The project examines connections between environmental politics, site-specific art, and site-sensitive architecture, exploring the narrow separation between green ideology and survivalist fantasy.
This new body of work extends from Chaney’s past work, and his on-going interest in speculative methodologies for human survival. Past projects have included FIELDCLUB, an experimental smallholding interrogating the premise of subsistence farming and off-grid living in a post-industrial society, and The Object of this Slight Acceleration 2013, an exploration of Soviet Cosmism presented at Izolyatsia, Ukraine.
Paul Chaney will be running two different one day Encampment #1 Workshops on 25 and 27 May and another Off-Grid Weekend event on 16-17 August.
Paul Chaney b. 1974, lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. Recent solo shows and projects include: The Sun is Black, Museum of Art and Design (Benesov, 2012), and Divus (Prague, 2011); The Lonely Now, Goldfish (Penzance, 2008). Selected Group Shows: TURBOREALISM – Breaking Ground, IZOLYATSIA Center for Cultural Initiatives (Ukraine 2013); FIELDCLUB and Friends – Late at Tate St Ives (2011); In Abundance, Kestle Barton (Cornwall, 2011); Garden Marathon, Serpentine Gallery (London, 2011), Art and War in the Last Resort, Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge, 2011), and PEER (London). Curatorial work includes delivering a programme of art events and residencies in Falmouth and London for Urbanomic 2009-2010 and in 2012, the establishment of the London HQ of DIVUS – a Prague based art publishing house.