David Cass

Opening on 2nd July 2015, 'Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud' is the second solo exhibition of David Cass' work at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

Cass’ 2013 solo show ‘Years of Dust and Dry’ was a great success where he transformed the gallery by installing some 200 found object based paintings which spoke of loss, decay and time.

As well as artworks that describe his travels over the last two years, Cass' newest work is inspired by the devastating floods which swept Florence in 1966 and Paris in 1910. He uses these historical events as point of focus to tackle the extremes of drought and inundation.

Cass explains...

“I began creating these artworks late in 2013: 47 years after the flood which claimed at least thirty lives in Florence itself. I first visited Florence in late 2010, on a Royal Scottish Academy scholarship. I’ve returned several times since 2010, and my artistic response to the city has gradually developed. Inspired by artist James Hogg’s set of letters written from Florence during November 1966 (published in Dear Eddie & Popp by S.A.C.I.) this series of studies are as much an attempt to introduce a new element into my practice as they are explorative responses to the history of this catastrophe.”

Created with semi-hardened vintage paints, on antique papers and framed (in most cases) in antique frames ‘Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud’ features paper-based artworks, created in Almería, Florence, Lucca and Paris.

The exhibition runs from 3rd July until 1st August 2015 at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. Find out more via David Cass' website or The Scottish Gallery

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Harry Cory Wright

From 19th June to 14th September 2013, photographer Harry Cory Wright will be exhibiting at Eleven, a gallery in London.

Hey Charlie is a celebration of over fifty years of Cory Wright's involvement with a particular bend in a river and the field beside it. These joyful images are the culmination of a lifetime of experience of the place in which he grew up and to which he has stayed connected throughout his life.

For many years Harry worked exclusively with a large 10" x 8" Gandolfi plate camera but this exhibition sees him combining this and digital approaches...

"The particular - and somewhat self-important - nature of the 10 x 8 inch negative has always elevated the picture taking process and given weight to the final piece. I have found that working with digital cameras has allowed me to retain the importance of 'being there' and the photographic element of 'witness', and to add a further distillation of those aspects in post-production. In this series, where there is such a blend of real and fantasy, this combination of working methods has been invaluable."

A number of years ago I was lucky enough to spend a day in Norfolk with Harry - it was illuminating hearing about the way he approaches the capturing of his images. 

Merrell publish Journey Through The British Isles which records the variety of natural landscapes that make up the British Isles. You can view images from the book over at Harry's website.

Find out more about Hey Charlie which runs from 19th June to 14th September at Eleven, 11 Ecleston Street, London SW1W 9LX.

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A conversation with Ed Kluz

We're pleased to announce the launch of a short film about the work of Ed Kluz.

Filmed and edited by Alun Callender, Ed Kluz discusses his work, inspiration and working practices. The film is shot on location at Racton Tower in West Sussex and at Ed's Brighton studio and home.

Ed is currently collaborating with us at St Jude's on a range of fabrics and wallpapers. You might like to take a look at his Painswick and Lionheart fabrics.

Ed will also be taking part in an exhibition of prints, paintings and collages that we're organising in Edinburgh in July.

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Silt

 In The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane continues to write about his experience of walking and observing as he passes through landscapes - some dramatic and some more mundane. 

For Silt, one of the most striking chapters of his brilliant recent book, bestselling travel writer Robert Macfarlane walked the Broomway, the notorious 'deadliest path in Britain'.

He was accompanied on this journey along along the Essex offshore path (which has claimed the lives of more than sixty people over the centuries) by his friend and accomplished photographer David Quentin.

Penguin Books are publishing a special e-book edition of Silt which will feature all of David's photographs from the journey, all taken on 35mm black and white film using a Leica rangefinder.

Until April 13th 2013 the photographs are exhibited in London at 4 Windmill Street, accompanied by a specially commissioned sound piece by musicians Jimmy Cripps and Rico Borza, and sound designer Jesse T. Rybolt. Find out more

You'll find lots of Robert Macfarlane related content published by our friends Caught By The River.

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The Face of the Artist

Popped into the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich earlier for a look at 'The Face of the Artist', an exhibition of photography by John Hedgecoe.

Hedgecoe (1932–2010) was at the forefront of portrait photography for more than 50 years, taking pictures of the leading figures in the worlds of art, literature, science and politics, from Agatha Christie to Winston Churchill. It's his portrait of the Queen taken in 1966 that still graces British postage stamps.

The exhibition features a number of photographs of artists including Sir Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Henry Moore and Dame Barbara Hepworth (examples of the latter below).

The exhibition runs at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich until 4th December 2011.

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Edwin Smith

We managed to catch the last day of Edwin Smith's exhibition of photographs and paintings at Moray Art Centre yesterday.

Having initially trained as an architect, Smith (1912-1971) is perhaps best know for his photography and particularly his exploration of the vernacular in architecture.

But the exhibition also featured a number of Smith's paintings - here is an example, 'Turf Fire', which is on loan from the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden.

Merrell publish a great book featuring Edwin Smith's photography and you can view and order digital prints from the RIBA photograph archive.

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Fenwomen

Caught By The River have just published Ken Worpole's review of  'Fenwomen - A Portrait Of Women In An English Village' by Mary Chamberlain with photographs by Justin Partyka, published by Full Circle Editions.

"This handsome new edition from East Anglian publisher, Full Circle Editions, contains a vibrant and colourful photo-essay of contemporary life in the village by acclaimed photographer Justin Partyka. This gives the new edition a particular resonance to today’s Fenland inhabitants, who will recognise modern village life in these images, though they stand in some contrast to the life described in the original interviews. The photographs – some peopled, some wholly concerned with the arable landscape, the drains and ditches and the large skies – are finely composed and atmospheric, yet they also raise unresolved questions about how to represent the human presence in the landscape without seeming too super-realist, too Martin Parr."

Read the review in full or view more of Justin Partyka's work.

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