LANDSCAPE OF CHANGE EXHIBITION 27th August – 18th September
BHVU Gallery, Leswin Place, London N16 7NJ
Step outside. Where are you? What do you see?
Landscape of Change curator Penny Sadubin brings together 10 artists selected by submission from across the UK, working in a variety of media; painting, installation, photography, video and sculpture. Throughout the exhibition the audience can experience the ever-changing human relationship with place and landscape.
David Morris’s photographs of demolition in industrial landscapes capture and record a moment before destruction and change. As regeneration and gentrification change our cities, Morris looks at the impermanent nature of seemingly permanent conurbations.
Moments in a seasonal cycle and the feeling of a particular day are captured in the drawings and paintings of Penny Sadubin. These are not the sublime landscapes of tradition but familiar urban places as experienced by millions of city dwellers across the UK.
The Passage Series by Clinton de Menezes engages with landscape, history and the human condition. Through the processes of sedimentation and excavation these textural, multi-layered paintings allude to both cycles of the natural world and the compounded history of culture.
Time and the unstoppable forces of the elements subdue the man made structures of redundant military pillboxes in the landscapes of Jaye Ho. Her series of paintings Bunker Death depicts these modern day monoliths, still at the mercy of nature.
Natural processes, seasonal change, human intervention causing physical changes, and even the uncertain possibilities of climatic change. Helen Grove-White’s meditative video installation Rising Slowly presents a record of time and change and refers to rising levels of C02 in the atmosphere and to rising sea levels already affecting our coastlines.
Rising sea levels and changes to our weather patterns are also addressed by the work of Sue Evans. Her quiet, timeless landscape photographs reward closer scrutiny by revealing that they are actually reflected images, captured in puddles. Evans is asking us to consider a future London landscape once rising sea levels and heavier rainfall have submerged the places so familiar to us, where only memories of landscapes remain.
Profound changes to our natural environment influence the sculptural work of Penny Sadubin. Bluebells, Silent Tide and Fire:Flood are all responses to significant events that have taken place or are occurring in the environment around us, because of shifts in climate and human interventions.
Kate Pellegrini’s work addresses a different relationship with place: tourism. In her Itinerary series of collage books, tourism is characterised as transitory, fast moving, superficial, immediate and highly selective as a form of leisure. Sites of cultural importance and the world’s beauty spots become commercialised and despoiled by rampant tourism, the rise of the cheap flight and the ensuing over-development.
Kate Walters watercolour drawings ask us to scrunitise our inner thoughts – our consciousness – and seek to initiate change from within to mend our damaged relationship with the planet that we share. Walters writes; “Unless humans can begin to see their place in the world in a different way the change in perspective and actions will not occur.”
Nina Gebauer and Elsa Godfrey will both be working outside the gallery on site-specific works that the visiting audience can participate in and help construct. Elsa Godfrey will be constructing a large sphere out of willow whips. By engaging the help of the audience Godfrey says, ‘the ball will be a beautiful representation of the dramatic impact that can be achieved by the collective small efforts of many, all working together toward one common goal.’
Nina Gebauer will be hosting a paper cinema puppetry workshop for all visitors to participate in, culminating in performance in the evening.
This exhibition will be a thought provoking look at cycles of different lengths and events taking place around us, because of us, despite of us. The arrow of time drives ever forward and nothing remains the same forever.
Private View – Friday 26th August 6:30 – 9:00pm
Exhibition continues 27th August – 18th September
Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 noon – 6:00pm
Outdoor Sculpture events suitable for all ages to participate in:
Elsa Godfrey’s Willow Ball will take place on the 3rd & 4th, 17th & 18th September 12:00 noon – 5pm
Nina Gebauer’s Paper cinema workshop will take place on the 3rd September between 1pm – 4pm. The performance will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday 3rd September
Other days by appointment with curator. School groups welcome by appointment.