Jim Naughten. Eremozoic

The Age of Loneliness

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Jim Naughten. Eremozoic
The Age of Loneliness

Text(s) by Jim Naughten, Philip Lymbery, Lucy Fleming Brown, graphic design by Adam Hooper

English

2022. 88 pp.,

Hardcover

30.00 x 25.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5386-9

Wild Fiction

Inspired by dioramas of wild flora and fauna found in natural history museums, Jim Naughten’s digital reimaginations of a familiar yet alien world, explore the idea of wildlife becoming a lost fantasy. From orangutans swinging through psychedelic forests, to deer roaming pastel-hued canyons—Naughten’s depictions of nature in an artificial color palette convey a distinct sense of dislocation and growing estrangement. His fantastical tableaus question our rose-tinted image of a natural world that is largely fictional. In fact we are entering the Eremozoic—a term coined by biologist and writer E. O. Wilson to describe the current era of mass extinction triggered by human activity. Also referred to as “The Age of Loneliness,” the term alludes to the isolation that will follow the destruction of our deeply rooted relationships with other species.

JIM NAUGHTEN (*1969, Horsham, Sussex) explores historical and natural history subject matters using photography, stereoscopy, and painting. Trained in both photography and painting, the London-based artist combines these backgrounds in a practice he refers to as “digital painting”. Treating photographs like oil paintings on canvas, he uses digital enhancement to alter reality.

EXHIBITION
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
March 1st–March 30th, 2023

Jim Naughten is delighted to be donating 5% of all worldwide sales of Eremozoic to the Jane Goodall Institue UK, a charity registered in England & Wales No. 327858.

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