(Johanna, 2021. Green Gourmet Giraffe)

7. Extinctions 2020: Carnovsky

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This is a wonderful, very modern, take on the Chauvet wall friezes. In a great floor-to-ceiling wrap-around spiral we see dozens of life forms intertwined. Just when we delight in identifying the lily next to the leopard entangled with the whale, the lighting changes and we see multiple layers of life in a sort of glorious wallpaper of biodiversity.

Behind all this profusion is a tight scientific structure of different levels of endangerment, as recorded by the IUCN Red Data Book (see webpage 3 this chapter). When the images are illuminated in green it means they are in the Least Concern or Near Threatened categories; red equals Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable; and blue means Extinct. The illustrations are done in the style of the Enlightenment scientists and provide an interesting, slightly stiff juxtaposition with all the profusion created by the overall installation. They also serve as a poignant reminder of the short time between scientific discovery and subsequent endangerment or extinction. It seems that to be known by modern man is a ‘flashing light’ that his world of destruction is upon us.

‘Extinctions’ was on display at the National Gallery of Victoria for their Triennial Exhibition (2020) and a short video I took can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/iW4o8sJ3EII

and a link for more information here (scroll down through ‘Artists’ to Carnovsky):

NGV Triennial | NGV

The species list and illustrations are contained at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/triennial-carnovsky/

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