Natural Histories

9:00, Thursday, 05 April 2018 to 17:00, Thursday, 03 May 2018

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


An exhibition of photography by Paul Kilsby (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, School of Arts)

Trompe L’œil brings together for the first time several related bodies of photography, each exploring different facets of the still life genre. Often including fragments of existing imagery in the form of reproductions of paintings from the seventeenth and eighteenth century, Kilsby meticulously combines these traditional motifs with real three dimensional objects, generating hybrid images which fuse together in the camera to create a sustained illusion: latter day trompe l’œils. Themes of the ephemeral and mortality haunt these memento mori. In other photographs, he documents still lifes fabricated of flowers and butterflies variously fused together from different species, creating exotic fantasies of genetic modification and commercial cloning.

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