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Hit List: A Solo Exhibition by Tom Van Herrewege

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Hit List: A Solo Exhibition by Tom Van Herrewege
12th - 26th January
Opening Night: Friday 11th January, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery is pleased to welcome Tom Van Herrewege, and his solo exhibition, Hit List.

Since Spring 2017, Van Herrewege has been working on a large series of works entitled Hit List. Images of endangered animals have been sourced from sets of old cigarette cards and encyclopedia pages, some of these more than one hundred years old. The images have then been partially burnt away, representing the conservation status of each animal on the IUCN list of threatened species. The more the image is burnt away, the closer the individual animal is to extinction. The image is burnt away in order to represent humankind’s impact; we are the only animal that can produce fire. It also serves as a reminder that one day we may not, literally, be able to see these animals.

The majority of animals represented in Van Herrewege’s Hit List are now endangered within their natural habitats. Most of the cigarette cards represent the more popular and better known larger animals. If they were to represent the smaller animals, such as amphibians, marine life, and a huge variety of other species that go unconsidered, then the animal imagery burnt away would be far greater.

Artist Talk and Workshop
Saturday 19th January, 2 - 4pm

As Tom discusses his project, you will be invited to research animal species and their ecological status and you will also have the opportunity to create your own artworks. Tom will be discussing his practice and methods of working and will be happy to help you try this out for yourself. Tablets will be available, although participants are also free to use their smartphones to research various species. All other materials will be provided.

12 places per workshop
To book your place email

Hit List opens in the Project Space in conjunction with the International Postcard Show 2019 in the Main Gallery. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

Earlier Event: January 11
International Postcard Show 2019
Later Event: January 12
Make Your Mark