The Alternative Guide to the Universe

The Hayward Gallery is Currently running The Alternative Guide to the Universe (11 June – 26 Aug 2013)

“The Alternative Guide to the Universe explores the work of self-taught artists and architects, fringe physicists and visionary inventors, all of whom offer bracingly unorthodox perspectives on the world we live in.”

The exhibition shows work that sits on the fringe of hippy/crystal shop/occult and science/fine art. The of artists use different materials, starting points and concepts to discuss life and what happens after, as they understand it.

I found the exhibition thought provoking and humerus, sensitive and naive, considerate and disturbing, influential and forgettable. Much of my own work considers codes, seeking answers, working through processes, so much of the work I found direct relationships. I loved the information on the artists, coming from different paths to create their vastly different forms of work. I love the idea of an exhibition asking the big life questions, what happens when we die, are there aliens,or is there an ultimate code?

I went there accidentally, and reflecting I think it is the lack of hype for the exhibition, the lack of “big name artists”, and maybe the subject that meant I didn’t register on my things to do list. I don’t think I am the only one, as it was relatively empty when London seems full. I would recommend this exhibtion, it is refreshing to see something different!

Images from google image (search exhibition title)

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Reviews:
The Guardian
The Telegraph
The Evening Standard

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