Bury Art Museum | Bury | UK
27 February – 14 May 2016
Loomings is a project by artist David Ogle harnessing the drama of remote landscapes as he produces artworks that call attention to their own environments. With deep routed associations in the history of painting and in particular, the Romantic movement, Ogle considers his place within the natural landscape.
The exhibition at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre was the first public showing of work from the Loomings project, as Ogle transformed the gallery space into an immersive environment showcasing the video work, Ray.
Developed from Ogle’s previous indoor site-responsive light works and drawings, Loomings encapsulates the artist’s ambition to escape the built environment and the confines of walls, floors and ceilings. Exploring notions of materiality, permanence and the perception of objects in space, Ogle uses light and space as a sculptural medium, creating innately ephemeral work, as the location shapes the work but also becomes manipulated by it.
Taken from the title of the first chapter in Moby Dick, Loomings references the narrator’s (Ishmael) feeling of being ‘pulled’ towards the wilderness and wanting to leave behind the constraints and domesticity of the city. Ishmael is journeying through a barren landscape in search of a rare natural anomaly – the white whale.
Loomings was an Arts Council England funded project and was produced and developed by Mark Devereux Projects with photography and videography by Andrew Brooks. David Ogle is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.
Art-Site: Creating work with the landscape | Saturday 19 March 2016 | 11am-2pm
A half-day symposium discussing the way in which artists utilize the landscape for the creation of work. Art-site: Creating work with the landscape considered the history of land art and environmentally-responsive practices since they first emerged in the late 1960s and how contemporary artists are deriving their work from the landscape today. The symposium looked at the evolution of this process and how contemporary artists are responding through new methodologies to the historical depictions of the landscape in art. Discussions reflected on the land art movement and how the emergence of Sculpture Parks encouraged a new way of both producing and presenting work in the landscape. Conversations also considered how artists have utilised this area of practice to extend and increase the impact and scope their work has outside of the physical limitations a gallery or building imposes. Keynote speakers were David Shiel (AONB Senior Countryside Officer, North Wales), Diana Hamilton (The Hamilton Project) and David Ogle.
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