In the 2017 documentary Miniverse, the filmmakers shrank the solar system to a scale equivalent to that of continental USA in an attempt to explain the relationships between objects in our solar system.
In Colony Christopher Langton is attempting something similar, taking ideas from science fiction about space colonisation and imagining cities of various shapes and sizes surrounded by asteroids, meteorites and other celestial bodies.
To step into Colony is to enter the space of a video game or horror movie, or perhaps a contaminated cyberspace.
Scaled down components from space and scaled up organisms from the microscopic world of viruses, bacteria and fungi spread through the gallery. Science fiction rubs shoulders with real and imagined forms of bacteria and viruses. Visually provocative, Colony is appealing in colour and sheen and repellent in form and texture.
Surveying the surreal and bizarre landscape, are two oversized aliens. Weird and wonderful, they occupy a universe that is at once fearful and fascinating.
Colony might be your worst germophobic nightmare or the realisation of an Elon Musk-like space-travel escape dream.
Press release courtesy Tolarno Galleries.