Detached and Timeless: Contemporary Artists inspired by Nature and Spirit of Place
12 July – 2 November 2014
Featuring some of the most significant figures in British art from the past 60 years, including Edward Burra, Prunella Clough, Patrick Heron and Richard Long.
Popularised by J.M.W Turner and John Constable in the 19th century, landscape art is often seen as a somewhat staid British tradition. This exhibition sets out to prove its relevance in contemporary practice, drawing on key works from the past 60 years.
For example, David Bomberg’s Trendrine, Cornwall painted in 1947 stressed the need not just to study nature closely, but to use landscape art to express one's own personal vision. Rachel Lowe can be seen to address the same issue in A Letter to an Unknown Person No. 5, created more than 40 years later. Shot from the backseat of a moving car a hand scribbling on the inside of the window with a black marker pen asks ‘how far do you impose your story on your surroundings?’.