The father-son birders Andy and Peter Holden are obviously of the same phenotype. “Natural Selection,” their most recent show, was set in the former Newington Library in south London, where their interest in ornithology informed works whose central concern was precisely the frayed edge between art and nature. The male bowerbird, for instance, creates a nest not for habitation, but purely for aesthetic display. These structures are a kind of folly, decorative at most (and an annoyance to Darwinians at the least). Andy Holden’s Untitled (Bower) (all works 2017) is a re-creation of one of these nests, larger than life. Looking through its womb-like tunnel out the other end of the space, the viewer could see a video. As one walked around the nest, marveling at its mathematical precision, its balance, its credible artifice, it became clear that the video was flanked by two more. The
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