Time has been passing alarmingly fast and the launch date for the exhibition 33,000 Miles is only a few days away. I had been intending to show you glimpses of the other artists work at intervals over the past few weeks, but life has been far too hectic!
So here are a few last minute glimpses that I hope will whet your appetite to come to the launch on Friday (or any time over the following two weeks – excluding Mondays).
Robert Darch is primarily a documentary photographer with an interest in the environment. Rob says “My aim for this project was to make detailed close-up shots of Devonshire hedgerows exploring the relationship between the different flora and fauna, helping to show what a rich microcosm of life they are home to”. To achieve this he has been rummaging through hedges on his hands and knees to get a real grubs eye view of the world.
I didn’t want to show whole photographs here because it would spoil the surprise. So here are only a couple of snippets from his photographs. Come to RedEarth to see the whole stunning set for yourselves.
Meanwhile, some 36 years after he first created his first carving of a partridge on the end of a hazel stick, James Bond (the sculptor of the hedge group), has been collecting fragments of hedgerows cast aside by hedge flaying. These he is craftily whittling into hedgerow animals. I haven’t seen any of the pieces yet, but I know that there will be a Rouge Rook, Mole, Moth, Roe Dear and a fox head to look forward to meeting. These fragmentary pieces of wood are being cast in bronze. Despite the solidity of these materials James says that they have a ghost like, tenuous existence. A lot of James’ work over the last twenty years has been abstracted and it is only now that he has given himself permission to bring the figurative and abstract together.
Here are some examples of James’ previous work.
Clare Mahoney uses a combination of ceramic and printmaking techniques. She has also been enjoying rummaging about in the hedgerows. “My ceramic pieces investigate the intimate nooks and crannies of the hedgerow, where leaves, twigs and tendrils collide. I use clay and plaster mould making techniques to produce the forms and textures”. Clare is often found making casts of pebbles and found objects. She says that their small size is based around the physicality of the hand, that lovely feeling of holding a tactile object in the palm of your hand.
Here are some examples to spark your interest.
Fellow Double Elephant member Sarah Morgan has only been printmaking for a few years, but there is something about the sensitivity of her drypoint prints of insects that told me that she would fit nicely into the theme of the exhibition. Sarah says “I have been fortunate after graduating to be included in numerous horticultural projects that enabled me to express and combine my interest in wildlife with my artistic vision. 30,000 Miles is exciting, combining as it does, viewpoints expressed from an original collaboration of artists responding to the same subject”. For the exhibition Sarah has been working with some delightful bugs, moths anf a variety of different bees.
Here are a few details to give you a feel for what she has been up to…..
The launch for 33,000 Miles – An Art Exhibition to Celebrate Devon Hedgerows is on Friday 14th 4pm-7.30pm at the RedEarth Gallery, Bickliegh.
There will be a short talk by Rob Wolton from the Devon Hedge Group at about 5pm. There will also be a BSL interpreter there.