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Landscape and Memory

17.11.2011 - 07.01.2012

Works by Edward Collinson, Andy Goldsworthy, Minjung Kim, Runo Lagomarsino, Richard Long, Peter Matthews and Saad Qureshi

Exhibition dates: 17th November- 7th January 2012

Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Landscape and Memory”, a group exhibition that brings together the works of seven artists exploring their contemporary visions of nature, the elements and ultimately landscape. The exhibition is contextually based on ideas of Simon Schama’s identically entitled book on how human perception defines our understanding of landscape and his belief that the natural myths, even in Western culture, have never gone away.
As Schama states in his book: “Despite the humans mindless race towards self-destruction, veins of myth and memory lie beneath the surface. Our entire landscape tradition is the product of shared culture, it is a tradition built from the rich deposit of myths, memories and obsessions.”

Dealing most directly with the theme of Landscape and Memory is Slade graduate Saad Quershi. His new series “Recaptured” are landscapes that spring directly from the memories of persons he interviews about a certain place in their past. Fragmented memories are pieced together to a single scenery and then placed in a drawer on the wall like a souvenir pulled open from the past.

Directly charged with the elements of nature are the works by Peter Matthews and Runo Lagomarsino.
Matthews immerses himself into the sea with a wooden drawing board and waterproof pens. The drawings are an amalgam of thoughts, scribbles, narrative and impressions that cross the artists mind while floating in the water. The artist’s stream of consciousness fuses with a type of automated drawing created by the chance movements of the ocean.
Lagomarsino uses sun-light as a medium in his sun exposure drawings. Formally minimal and reduced, the messages by the Swedish artist are often much more concrete. The sun burnt sentence “Impeach” is reference to the debate to impeach George Bush in the US, but can also be read as a sociopolitical comment on the irresponsibility of governments in handling nature’s resources.

Well-known British “land” artists Andy Goldworthy and Richard Long utilize exclusively nature and their materials as their medium. Both artists try to oppose and reinterpret the pictorial tradition dictated by the perception of nature and attempt to document and imitate natural processes or rearrange them, as Goldsworty in his Rowen leaf piece presented in the show.
Through their interventions in nature, theirs walks and transient sculptures, Goldsworthy and Long have created their own processes to reinterpret our landscapes. A deep personal distillation of spirit and concept moulds these “earthly facts” into something transcendental and emotional.
Documentations or extracts are then brought to the gallery space like Long’s stone circles or the “mud drawings” as presented in the show.
Simon Schama also refers to theses artists: “While much of this minimalist landscape (art) is always stirring and often very beautiful, it seldom escapes from the condition it implicitly criticizes”.

“Mutation”, a watercolour by gallery artist Minjung Kim, might be the most figurative reference to landscape. Hovering between Eastern landscape tradition and abstract Western modernity, the dissolving forms transcend literal presentation. The lines gradually disappear to create the illusion of a horizon and give way to a luminous quality, as if a mystical light is emanating directly into space.

St. Martins graduate Edward Collinson will place an installation of a semeshere in the downstairs gallery entirely covered by sieved earth. Alluding to geometric form as much as ondulating landscape, it reinforces the message that landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of sediment.

...Overview 2011