Jaleesa was in the audience, a tall and slender female Krump dancer, who was admiring her lightly faded face on one of the portraits. As she looked at Ackroyd & Harvey’s large living pictures unveiled that very evening, she could recognize a number of other dancers who, like her, visit 104 – Blackhood, or Willy.
Le Monde published an article on “anthropocene art” in which the artistic tandem are mentioned :
“Showing at present at the Cent Quatre in Paris, the pair of British artists Ackroyd & Harvey has spent the last twenty years exploring the issue of germination, following in the footsteps of their great predecessors. In 2007, Ackroyd & Harvey germinated some one hundred acorns from the oaks planted by Joseph Beuys, and now have 200 saplings that they intend to plant in British cities. A project that sounds like an appeal: Increase tree planting in cities so that they will be less vulnerable to climate change.”
Sculpture, photography, architecture and ecology intersect in the work of this pair of British artists, whose central focus is on the temporal nature of processes of growth and the passage of time. They often work in public spaces and grass grown from seed is one of their materials of choice. In 2007 they collected and germinated hundreds of acorns from the 7000 Oaks planted by Joseph Beuys, and now have 250 surviving saplings. Dialogues and research are integral to their artwork Beuys’ Acorns and their objective is to care for these descendants with great resolve, embracing Beuys’ call for cities and towns to be “forest-like”. They have received the NESTA Pioneer Award, the Wellcome Sci-Art award and the L’Oreal Grand Prize for their photographic images created using chlorophyll’s sensitivity to light.