View of “Rachel Pimm,” 2017. Photo: Charlie Littlewood.

Rachel Pimm

Hales Gallery | London

View of “Rachel Pimm,” 2017. Photo: Charlie Littlewood.

Rachel Pimm roots her practice in an awareness that we exist in the age of the Anthropocene—the new geological epoch, so named in the 1980s by ecologist and biologist Eugene F. Stoermer—in which human activity has become the most significant force affecting geological and atmospheric systems. Pimm’s work often deals with the relationship between nature and human-made products, and for this show, “Resistant Materials,” she focused on the curved tiles desigwned and produced since 2010 by the Netherlands-based company DTile.

On its website, the company makes an unsettling claim: “If it was up to us, the world would be completely tiled.” This assertion recalls the failed utopian and totalitarian projects of the modernist past, but sounds worryingly possible in an age of global trade. As Pimm points out in the show’s press release, one could see a parallel between this fanciful

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