BHVU Gallery, Leswin Place, London N16 7NJ Step outside. Where are you? What do you see? Landscape of Change brings together 10 artists from across the UK, working in a variety of media; painting, installation, photography, video and sculpture. Throughout the exhibition the audience can sense the ever changing experience of our human relationship with place and landscape. David Morris’s photographs of demolition taking place in derelict industrial landscapes capture and record a moment before destruction and change. As regeneration and gentrification change the landscapes of our cities, Morris is interested in this impermanent nature of our 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 Menezesengages 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 passes 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 pillboxes as modern day monoliths, yet 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 us with a record of time and change and refers both to rising levels of C02 in the atmosphere and to rising sea levels which already affect 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; that of 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 space 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 seeking to engage the help of the audience Godfrey says that ‘the ball will be a beautiful representation of the dramatic impact that can be established, 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.
Cycles of different lengths and events taking place around us, because of us, despite of us. What is certain is that the arrow of time drives ever forward and nothing will remain the same forever. The exhibition will be thought provoking and artists were all selected from submissions by curator Penny Sadubin.
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 and Puppetry 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 Septemberbetween 1pm – 4pm. This culminates in a performance at 7:30pm on Saturday 3rd September
Other days by appointment with curator. School groups welcome by appointment.
For appointments or further information please contact Penny Sadubin
Email: psadubin at gmail.com
Patron’s Board – Landscape of Change was supported generously via WeFund by:
John & Margaret Rushby-Smith,
Bettina Walter & Punk Logic,
Di Chiara family,
Olley Broadbridge family
Scott & Marta Harris,
Chris & Sarah Rushby-Smith,
Butcher Fabrega family,
Printing supported & supplied by KALL KWIK – Southbank
Thank you to all the supporters of the Landscape of Change exhibition!