The Aviary

The starting point for this exhibition was reading Martin Heidegger’s The Essence of Truth in which he examines the essence of untruth or falsity through a detailed interpretation of Plato’s Theaetetus, which culminates in two similes; that of the wax mass and that of the aviary. My aim is to enact these similes by bringing together painting, writing and music.

from Fulton's Book of Pigeons, Cassell, London, 1880

The paintings are works I have made based upon images of pigeons found in Fulton’s Book of Pigeons, from 1880. Writings are short excerpts from the work Gilles Deleuze and music is from Olivier Messeian’s Catalogue d’oiseaux (1956-8), short pieces for piano which depict different varieties of birds and the environment in which they are found.

Derek Hampson