- The Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton.
- South West England
This current exhibition at The Brewhouse in Taunton explores landscape through walking, recording, memory and remembering sights and sounds experienced by each artist through their chosen media. Each artist explores how the landscape re-shapes their view of the world and the pilgrimages they find themselves on.
Through painting, found objects, mixed-media, and alternative ways of making, each artist invited by Sara Dudman and Jenny Graham, explore their personal response being immersed in the environment.
Each work explores interpretations in how we transcribe experiences onto a surface. Phenomenology recorded as it envelops the senses and the mind. Through Romanticist philosophical ideas, that seem to be part of the fabric of British Art, the work resonates with artists of the past – interpretations of sound and sight through the notes and poetry of Dr Mike Collier to observed drawings of reality that speak of time and movement through space. Ancestors revealed through marks made in paint and charcoal, expanding our knowledge and peacefulness in being with nature. Toni Davey’s work exploring the Zen like pin-punched holes in graph-paper, revealing the play of light upon the surface and ways we mark territory – pinning a spot on a map; a destination, a border, a place to escape. A landscape ‘waving’ back to us. Electro-magnetic waveforms revealing the underlying principles of reality and the importance of the observer on the observed to give form to an otherwise formless reality. Each wavelet playing its part in the whole scheme.
Andy Davey’s paintings exploring relationships to mark-making and how one interprets reality – what is seen and how one marks that response. The drawn and painted mark – juxtaposing collaged experiences into pieces drawn into one experiential investigation.
The exhibition weaves us through an aesthetic journey in the relationships between what is seen and what is remembered – our history of art – (a poingant reminder about the importance of Art History and our contributions). This wealth of knowledge, our collective history. Where we have come and where we might head recorded by artists for yet-to-be future generations who will look back on us as ancestors too. Each generation built upon the shoulders of the previous.
Landscape art reveals deep connections we have with being from this Earth. Our intimate relationship and importance to healthy landscapes and a healthy species who is able to enjoy these wonders.
No matter how far we remove ourselves from Nature, there is no escaping her – it IS our nature to experience and respond to Nature. Drawing what is seen and experienced; understanding that in drawing from Nature we re-draw ourselves and our relationship to her. Re-making the image of ourselves in a time of environmental changes.