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one another other

Ren Gregorčič, one another other, ink on paper, 2019.

Ren Gregorčič, one another other, ink on paper, 2019.

On Friday 1st February, my latest solo exhibition ‘One another other’ opened at Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne. The show focuses on the reproductive adaptation of Oxalis pes-caprae (also known as ‘soursobs’). Oxalis pes-caprae is plant native to southern Africa that was introduced into southern Australia and other regions of the world where it has become a significant invasive species. In its native environment, soursobs reproduce sexually. However, in situations where genetically suitable mates are limited as a result of a plant’s relocation through human activity, Oxalis pes-caprae has been shown to shift to clonal (asexual) reproduction while maintaining genetic variation in offspring. Research has also shown that Oxalis pes-caprae is able to shift back to sexual reproduction when genetically suitable mates become available, an evolution that can occur in just a few generations.

‘One another other’ is on at Brunswick Street Gallery until 17th February 2019. Click here to visit the gallery’s website.

sour sour sob

'sour sour sob’ is an immersive installation that examines the experience of 'nature' in the Anthropocene that will be on exhibit later in 2018.

I was introduced to Oxalis pes-caprae as an edible plant at the age of 10 or 11 by friends who would eat the sour-tasting flowers and stalks for fun. I would often eat soursobs until my senses became saturated with the taste of metal. Although I no longer eat soursobs, I continue to experience the metallic sensation of over-consuming these plants each Winter and Spring when the iridescent yellow Oxalis pes-caprae flowers bloom.

Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming show.

Ren Gregorčič, sour sour sob (installation view), 2018.

Ren Gregorčič, sour sour sob (installation view), 2018.