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The Pale Fox Exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery

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Evolutions and Lifecycles
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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Photo: Andy Keate. ADAGP

Camille Henrot is a French artist based in New York. Last year she produced a thirteen-minute film called Grosse Fatigue, which attempts to tell the story of the creation of the universe. Expanding on this idea, The Pale Fox Exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery explores the life cycle and evolution of both nature and technology.

Although The Pale Fox sounds like the name of a pub, it actually comes from Dogon mythology, in which the pale fox, who represents chaos, is responsible for the creation of the universe and formation of the sun. Thus the exhibit focusses on the disorder of life, using mediums such as found objects, drawing, bronze and ceramic sculptures, and digital images.

The four walls of the gallery represent different stages of evolution, from the basic elements - earth, water, fire, air - to philosophical principles, life cycles, and and technology. Many of these images are abstract and open to individual interpretation. For example, simple brush strokes on a canvas look, to me, like an early form of written language. This is in contrast to the detailed artwork of models in bikinis, and pictures of animals.

Events to keep note of include a coffee morning on the 13th March, tour on the 22nd March, and a children's anatomy workshop on the 12th April.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 13th April
Phone: 44 (0)20 8981 4518
Where: Chisenhale Gallery
Cost: Free
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