Events for Thursday 7th of September 2017
Over the past eighteen months I have spent many days walking in the
Yorkshire Wolds trying to connect the idea of an inner landscape with
the reality of outer ones.
The images produced for this project overlay layers of text, which relate to thoughts, ideas and observations made during this time, over black and white images of the distinctive Wolds landscapes .
The Text layers in the images are key and function on several levels, often the words used to describe aspects of a landscape can also be use to describe feelings or mental states, isolated, harrowing, edgy, inacessible, whilst our obsession with the weather is dominant in all the images, set fair, clearing rain, overcast. The limits of a photograph are tested, as events happening outside of the frame, and indeed the time frame of the image are referred to , white noise falls soundlessly, kites soar out of view, a smell of rain in the ears… the structure of the composition and indeed the media is explored, distance flattened, a Wet Colloidan glow, extreme cropping. Whilst the issues of our stewardship of the countryside and access to it, are integral, hedgehogs still missing, a pattern of refusal, agitation necessary.
The unique Wolds landscape has not been immune to the effects suffered across the county as a whole due to intensive farming methods, increased pollution and population growth. There has been a consequent drastic decrease in the numbers of some species of birds, animals and butterflies which were previously common sights in the Wolds grasslands. Between 1972 and 1996 Skylarks have declined by 75%, Curlews by 64%, many previously common species of butterflies such as the Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus and Green Hairstreak are now extremely rare and seldom seen in the Wolds. The water vole population in the Wolds has dropped by 90% percent due to the intrusion of American Mink.
There are twenty pieces of work in the project, they are printed as limited edition prints, size 66cm x 44cm, on Aluminium Dibond material.
Radio and television presenter, musician, writer, friend of the stars and all round cheese fetishist Mark Radcliffe has been making a little go a long way for several decades now. This show is no exception. Expect songs and stories of middle aged angst and ennui along with tales of ineptitude and encounters with some of music's most famous names who Mark has on speed dial. Even if his calls are blocked at the other end. He's finally run out of friends and so now has no choice but to go it alone.