The First Humans

22 January 2015- 29 March 2015

Preview: Wednesday 21 January, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Caroline Achaintre, Salvatore Arancio, Vidya Gastaldon, Andy Harper, Ben Rivers, Jack Strange

In Battersea Park, where humans once hunted mammoths on frozen boglands, Pump House Gallery is filled with primitive artefacts and primeval geology. But in fact, everything has been newly made by artists.

Many art works in The First Humans are tongue-in-cheek; others refer to sci-fi.

A boulder by Jack Strange contains videos of an ape, a caveman and an alien. Vidya Gastaldon's drawings suggest dawnings, spawnings and New Age events. Ben Rivers' film, 'The Creation As We Saw It', recounts the myths of a village where straw huts exist alongside mobile phones. Caroline Achaintre's 'Zibra', a wool hanging, has markings that hint at our African origins and also recalls today's craft hobbyists. A silvery rock-form by Salvatore Arancio resembles something worshipped by stone-age people. Andy Harper's installation 'The Threefold Law' is ferociously patterned: hovering over everything like a tribal god.

The First Humans encourages visitors to consider why these six artists (and many others) are currently drawn to prehistory.

The First Humans is a Pump House Gallery touring exhibition curated by Angela Kingston, and funded by Arts Council England

Andy Harper | The Threefold Law 2012