Events for Wednesday 15th of November 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.
East Riding Artists
East Riding Artists warmly invite you to this exhibition. Our theme of ‘Mixed Messages’ has been carefully chosen to allow us to show off our talents in widely various and imaginative ways. The works show a wide range of media and subject, which we hope will delight and inspire you.
John Bramwell hits the road once again, for a key city UK autumn 2017
tour, in support of his brand new solo album Leave Alone the Empty
Spaces, to be released in autumn 2017. The former I Am Kloot vocalist,
songwriter and guitarist fronts a 6 piece live band for these shows,
uniquely including piano and cello.
The Guardian recently said that one of Johns shows was “Quite beautiful, utterly compelling and frequently hilarious” The New Yorker called him “The UKs finest export.” Louder Than War added that Johns gigs were “Some of the most thrilling, on edge live music you’re ever likely to witness”.
John has been performing as a solo artist and band member for over 30 years. His unique guitar style and distinctive vocal style first broke big worldwide at the backend of the 90s, when the Bramwell fronted 3 piece I Am Kloot, first began making waves. Along the way they have released 10 albums, over an almost 20 year history. Each one a brilliant showcase for the vast catalogue of songs John Bramwell has lovingly created.
I Am Kloot were Mercury nominees in 2011, with their masterpiece, the exquisite Sky at Night, produced by Guy Garvey & Craig Potter from Elbow. The follow up, Let It All In was equally as successful reaching the Top 10 albums in 2012.
Leave Alone the Empty Spaces is John’s first collection of songs since then. A singer and songwriter of his abilities can’t fail to deliver another masterpiece.
This show will feature much of that new album, as well as the finest of his back catalogue.