Hunter Longe

Belemnite fossils, magnetite sand, selenite, gypsum cement, sandstone, Libyan desert glass, pigments, graphite, solar cells, LEDs and squid ink are just some of the materials Hunter Longe brings together in his exquisitely crafted wall objects. Mounted on two facing rows of what appears to be a dingy corridor, the installation hauntingly evokes the figure of the 19th-century amateur fossil collector, palaeontologist and artist Elizabeth Philpot, who discovered that belemnite fossils still contained ink sacs, and that the fossilised ink could be revivified with water. Make no mistake: the work is no nostalgia trip to the past, but rather a paean to geological time and space whose subtle messages of death and survival have become all the more urgent in our present era of the Anthropocene.