Shifting Surrounds by Yandell Walton
Yandell Walton makes the most of the oppressive, cavernous spaces at the Substation with a series of discrete works about climate change involving sculpture, projection and a lot of dread.
In the central room, bathed in red light and perched atop a papier-mâché volcano brimming ominously with dry ice, there’s an LED clock counting down the seconds, minutes and hours to 2030 – the point of no return by which the planet will be a full 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The school-science-experiment vibe of the volcano reflects a playfulness revisited throughout the show.
A breathtaking shot of Earth from space is obscured by a single piece of floating garbage. In one room, trees breathe. In another, we’re suspended in a 360-degree roaring ocean, like the 275 million people currently living on land that could potentially be flooded by 2100.
The thunderous sounds from each work bleed across different rooms. Breathing, rhythmic and pulsing, increasingly becoming too loud to ignore.