Abertillery Aberystwyth: Landscape Languages


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The exhibition comprises constructions, drawings, paintings, and prints based on experiences of two towns explored using a variety of complementary visual and technical languages. The constructive approach opens a dialogue between three- and two-dimensional representation.  It may seem strange to refer to some of the works as paintings and drawings rather than sculptures. However, unlike sculptures, which we normally encounter fixed to the floor or to a pedestal, they are designed to be attached to the wall at eye-level, like conventional two-dimensional works. Space is created by the interaction of three-dimensional form with colour, tone, pattern, and surface. The paintings are made on shaped supports, breaking the traditional rectilinear boundaries of the picture-frame in order to explore the contrary spatial effects between illusionistic and actual depth, to stress the objecthood of the artwork, and to acknowledge the relation of the picture to the support. The works involve ‘deconstructing’ (literally, taking to pieces) the subject and reconstructing it to form a new whole. Several works conflate landscape with architectural features associated with the interiors of Welsh chapels.

Gregynog Gallery, National Library of Wales, January 6 – February 10, 1996
School of Art Gallery, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, February 18 – March 12, 1996

Abertillery Aberystwyth: Catalogue

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