Don’t miss: The First Humans in Battersea Park

Zowee Cavey! The Grade I-listed Pump House is stepping back in time this month

Andy Harper |The Threefold Law 2012. Oil paint on plywood. 208cm by 120cm by 3cm.
Not been to Pump House Gallery for a while? Well, the enormo news is that later this month it’s going prehistoric.

A distinctive four story grade I-listed Victorian tower set in the middle of Battersea Park – where, ahem, humans once hunted woolly mammoths on frozen boglands – the gallery will be filled with primitive-looking artefacts and primeval geology. But in fact, everything has been newly made by artists.

Many works in the show, entitled The First Humans, are spoof or tongue-in-cheek; others make reference to sci-fi, sending prehistory hurtling into the future. Visitors are invited to wonder whether the artists might be expressing the fantasy of humankind starting over again – or whether they possess an apocalyptic sense of our race as destructive and tragic.

Highlights? Vidya Gastaldon’s drawings which recall primeval dawnings, a silvery sculpture by Salvatore Arancio, and Caroline Achaintre’s Zibra, a wool hanging with zebra-like markings that hint at our African origins. Plus don’t miss Andy Harper’s installation The Threefold Law (pictured), brilliantly coloured and patterned.

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The First Humans is curated by Angela Kingston and organised by the Pump House Gallery. Runs 22 January – 29 March 2015. Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ Opening times: Wed – Sun 11am – 4pm

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