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John Newling, Dear Nature

IKON Gallery, Oozells Square, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B1 2HS
John Newling, Dear Nature

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Birmingham-born artist John Newling (b. 1952) is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. This major exhibition exemplifies his strong environmental proposition, whilst pushing at the boundaries of what defines art.

At the heart of Ikon's exhibition is Dear Nature, a book published in 2018, comprising letters Newling wrote to nature every day for 81 days. The letters explore our relationship with the natural world – "part truth and reconciliation, part advocacy of an urgent need, part thoughts for future social ecologies".

Recently Newling has produced Soil Books (2019), made with soil from his garden to embody the idea of the Anthropocene, our current geological age in which human impact is evident. He is determined to grasp "what is it to know that we have affected the effects of nature/our environment... you can trace our evolution to a point where we subdued nature, but to our own cost, because we will make ourselves extinct".

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