Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's the End of the World as We Know Art ; Visual Artssculptures in a Bury Exhibition Have Taken Their Inspiration from Works Proclaiming That the Apocalypse Is Nigh

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's the End of the World as We Know Art ; Visual Artssculptures in a Bury Exhibition Have Taken Their Inspiration from Works Proclaiming That the Apocalypse Is Nigh

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IF author Hal Lindsey had been right in his book The Late, Great Planet Earth, the apocalypse would have hit during the 1980s.

That it didn't hasn't stopped others extending the deadline and pointing to all social, political and ecological indications that the world is nigh.

And it's this basic human need to persistently prophesy our doomsday that has inspired Hilary Jack's latest work.

In particular, Jack was motivated to look again at the topic by the recent Blood Moon - a phenomenon that has inspired bestselling book, Pastor John Hagee's Four Blood Moons, in which he predicted the final red moon last month was the final omen of the end of days. Taking over the entire space in Bury's elegant Sculpture Centre, the work - a combination of large scale sculptural objects, wall hangings and slide shows - takes a wry but wary look at the way Biblical end-time prophesies influence our behaviour.

Jack's practice is focused around found items, but often the ideas begin with used, vintage postcards.

The Late Great Planet Earth exhibition (named in Lindsey's honour) is stuffed with these: dozens of them stuck together to create an impossibly ideal landscape (the show's title piece); a cascade on a rolling newsreel, full of warm and weird images (Souvenir); in the 2D plans for a diorama (the mighty rocks of various Lake District postcard views recreated from stones off Jack's desk in Summit); or the medieval ducking stool that dangles over a landscape of mirrors signifying ominous water and bad luck (In Angland All is Broc).

Dominating one corner of the gallery is a log cabin called The Prophet - originally planned as a woodland party space for the final human rave, but renamed instead in tribute to survivalists who stockpile food and supplies for the world's end.

"Some of these techniques are quite sensible," says Jack, "like filling the car with petrol or keeping the fridge full of food. …

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