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Chris Drury: Destroying Angel, Nevada


Opening this March, ONCA is delighted to host EARTH, a new commission plus selected artworks by internationally acclaimed land artist and ONCA patron Chris Drury.

Renowned for his site-specific, natural world sculpture – including patterns cut into fields, stone cairns on hill tops, raked designs in dried-out lakes and giant whirlpools made of slate – Drury’s work makes connections between nature and culture, microcosm and macrocosm.

His EARTH works explore themes such as the endurance and survival of organisms in hostile environments, and mushrooms as a metaphor for life, death and regeneration.

In recent years, Drury has experimented with soil as a pigment for his paper-based works and EARTH includes examples of this such as Rhone Carmargue and Mani/Ouse. A new work commissioned for ONCA’s window features soils collected over 30 years of travelling the world, displayed in labelled jars and arranged in colours. The jars include rock from the lava fields of Iceland, schist from Antarctica, red ochres from Central Australia and the white chalk of Drury’s Sussex.  One of the artworks is interactive – a whirlpool on the wall created by each gallery visitor adding a single muddy fingerprint to the evolving spiral.

The exhibition also features installations including Destroying Angel Nevada (pictured above) – made from desert plants collected from Nevada’s nuclear testing site; Cloud 9, a sculpture comprising 1,760 mushrooms suspended on nylon thread and gene sequence works such as the Life in The Field of Death series.

Complementing the themes and tone of EARTH is RANE-CHAR, a project by Falmouth-based environmental artist Daro Montag. In RANE-CHAR, biochar (charcoal) is produced and distributed to raise awareness of, and to mitigate, climate change. Inspired by Montag’s participation in the 2009 Cape Farewell expedition to the Peruvian Andes and Amazon, the project has since evolved to consider species extinction and carbon’s life force.

Press are invited to an exclusive preview tour of the show with Chris Drury on Friday, March 11th at 4pm. Please contact <> to be added to the guest list.

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EARTH | Chris Drury

11th March – 3rd April 2016

Free admission. Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 7pm / Weekends 11am – 6pm

ONCA Gallery, 14 St. George’s Place, Brighton BN1 4GB. <>  / 01273 607101 /


·  Thursday March 10th, 6pm. Special preview tour of the show with Chris Drury. Tickets: <> . (Limited availability.)

·  Friday 11th March, 6.30 – 9pm: Private View by invitation.

·  Saturday 12th March, 7.30pm: Meet the Artists. Drury and Montag in conversation about
their work
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*  Thursday March 17th, 7.30pm: Talk by John Cooper – Senior Curator, Booth Museum. £5 +bf in advance, £7 on the door. Tickets: <>

·      Friday April 1st, 6pm: Bronwyn Preece workshop – earthBODYment response to EARTH. Free. Tickets: <>

Notes to editors

About ONCA: Since opening in November 2012, ONCA has rooted itself within Brighton’s thriving arts community, becoming an indispensable resource for vibrant discussion on art and ecology. ONCA’s influential patrons include Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and land artist Chris Drury, and most recently award winning writer Ali Smith has joined.  With the opening of the ONCA Centre in May 2015, ONCA expands into new territory, reaching and engaging with more businesses, creative individuals, start-ups and charities with a concern for sustainable business practice, art and ecology.

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