Propensity Modelling, an exhibition by Nicolas Ruston hosted by the Hay Hill Gallery, will feature new work including painting and video. Ruston will situate sculptures by Auguste Rodin amongst his own works, as an installation. These historical works from Rodin's Gates of Hell will be transformed as they are immersed into the context of Ruston's narrative. Exploring our relationships with artificial manipulation, the mass media and modern myth, the exhibition will feature Ruston's most ambitious silicone paintings to date.
Ruston's work is concerned with collective beliefs and shared verbal and visual narratives in relation to the mass media and its version of reality. Referencing the notion of artificial manipulation, science fiction and cloning techniques, Ruston's new body of work quietly attempts to draw out the complexities surrounding the packaging of DNA sequences and its value as commodity.
The work intends to confront the practice of modern myth-making and ideas surrounding the presentation of an object, its reading and meaning, with an increasing emphasis on narrative as a lead into the concept surrounding the art work. The exhibition will see fiction and reality mingle as the miracles of modern science and the horror of science fiction become one as neo-modern myth.
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