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Whaleless. An international group show dedicated to the whales

06-30-2008 11:14 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Whaleless is an international group show starting its tour at Strychnin Gallery London. A percentage of sales will be donated to Greenpeace. Flyer image with kind permission by Catalina Estrada.

Whaleless is an international group show starting its tour at Strychnin Gallery London. A percentage of sales will be donated to Greenpeace. Flyer image with kind permission by Catalina Estrada.

Opening reception July 11th at 7 p.m. at Strychnin Gallery London. A percentage of sales to be donated to Greenpeace.

“Whaleless” is an art project dedicated to those artists wishing to express their indignation, rage, shame, disbelief or concern about the slow disappearance of the fascinating giant marine mammals. Pollution, whaling and unacceptable fishing practices are only some of the causes that seriously endanger their survival. It seems that they are slowly but inevitably growing extinct, while the consequences of their gradual disappearance are impossible to predict. And yet we can be certain that the world’s ecosystem – not just the oceans’ but that of our entire planet – will be affected by this change. The world would not be the same without whales, which is why action needs to be taken immediately. To this end, a percentage of sales will be donated to Greenpeace.

The project “Whaleless” was born 3 years ago on the pages of the Italian Pig magazine and on whaleless.com; after receiving more than 200 artworks from all over the world (from the USA to Honk Kong, from Russia to Venezuela) and hundreds of thousands of clicks on the website, “Whaleless” is now on the road starting with Strychnin Gallery in London on July 11th. The exhibition will then head to major European cities over the next few years, trying to raise awareness for this global environmental problem. “Whaleless” was conceptualized by the Italian curators Giovanni Cervi and Res Pira.

Artists featured include (among others) Stuart Semple, Gemma Thompson, Luke Insect and Catalina Estrada.

Opening reception July 11th at 7 pm
The exhibition runs until August 10th, 2008

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With galleries in three bustling hotspots – New York City, Berlin, and London – Strychnin Gallery is a playground for artists from all around the globe. It is a place where collaboration is encouraged, new projects are constantly developed and creativity is the one and only thing that truly counts.

Owned by charismatic curator Yasha Young, Strychnin is dedicated to presenting emerging American artists to the European art world and vice versa. It features a variety of artists with particular individual styles rather than artists belonging to a collective “hip” movement. If you insist on putting a label on them, try lowbrow turned highbrow, pop surrealism or fantastic realism among others.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1998, the gallery opened a European showroom in Berlin in 2002. The US gallery has since moved to a location in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, opening with a group show featuring over 70 artists in October of 2006. Strychnin Gallery opened a third location in East London’s vibrant art scene right off of Brick Lane in October 2007.

The gallery participates in major international art fairs on a regular basis, including Bridge Art Fair, Liste, or Art21 in Cologne, which appointed gallery owner Yasha Young to its selection committee in 2008.

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