The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice


Exhibition: 17 November – 5 December 2018, 12 – 6pm
Private View: 17 November 2018, 5 – 9pm


Gallery 46 is pleased to present The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice , an international group exhibition, curated by Ashley Middleton, features works from emerging and established artists. The exhibition includes sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography, painting, and print. The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice , a title inspired by a passage in Fahrenheit 451, expands on the following text:

“The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless. We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam. Even fireworks, for all their prettiness, come from the chemistry of the earth. Yet somehow we think we can grow, feeding on flowers and fireworks, without completing the cycle back to reality.”

The chapter, regarding the conceived annihilation of a cultural system, was a curatorial guide to selecting artists whose work referenced individual sensed experience in today’s political climate, expansion of digital technologies, and sociocultural influences on the self.

The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice features twenty-seven artists figuring out what it means to be human.

Each artist oscillates between self-understanding and cultural expectation. Located somewhere in the middle, they create an extension of themselves, a mirror from which they may better understand their position in the present, relation to the past, and anxieties around the future.

For additional information please contact Ashley Middleton at


Selected Artworks

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