Economic Entomology

24 Jun 2010

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London, United Kingdom


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  • Waterloo, Waterloo East & Charing Cross
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Finlay Taylor's buried, decomposed and subsequently exhumed series of psychogeographic entomological artist's books. An assembly of works made from books, drawings and objects by Finlay Taylor which he has treated to the eating processes of snails. Some pieces were realised at specific sites others made is his garden. Two volumes of Psycadelic Fungi have been secreted on Peckham Rye. Noted as one of the worst residential areas in Europe a decade ago, the busy junction is where William Blake had a vision of angels in 1767. Economic Entomology was concealed in the Slade family tomb in Lambeth, whilst Micro Love couples Lolita and Nabokov's Blues (surveying his scientific pursuit of butterflies and his discoveries made through drawing their genitals). Worlds Collide is a work made from a pile of atlases, each revealing different states of decomposition, destroying political boundaries and geographic landmarks. In a similar vein a collection of twenty-five snail drawings made from snail eaten atlas pages will be shown for the first time, each piece is archived on embossed paper. Taylor's once empty sketchbooks will also be presented after three months laying in the garden, filled with the tracings and remnants of his fellow garden tenants.


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