1 - 30 April, 2020
Stills and images from Erotomania in which Ellison explores the elaborate courtship behaviour of bowerbirds in relation to artifice and display within image making.
The male bowerbird builds ornate installations made up of a variety of found objects with reflective, iridescent, or colourful surfaces such as beetle shells, flower petals, berries, and misplaced car keys to attract the female. They also employ optical illusions, placing themselves within false perspectives to appear larger.
The interplay between illusion and desire within human and animal behaviour, as well as the layered construction of virtual images forms a linkage with Lacan’s theories on desire and the specular image.
In looking at the behavioural aspects of image making through a biological lens, the relationship between the romanticism of the image and its deconstruction emerges.
Theo Ellison lives and works in London and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2017. Ellison has exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, Cambridge University, Quad Gallery, and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Residencies include; Zabludowicz Collection Master Class, Florence Trust Studio Residency, and the National Trust artist-in-residence programme. He is also co-curator at PALFREY, an artist run space in London.
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