Terra is a Jerwood Encounters exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts that explores the relationship shared by contemporary sculpture practice with the landscape beyond the gallery. The sculptures by Jonathan Anderson, Edwina Fitzpatrick, Luke Jerram, Anne-Mie Melis & Owl Project are created by the artists through their own sensory relationship with the environment.
Jonathan Anderson works with coal dust and other elemental substances. His work expresses the cyclical nature of things and provides an ideal vehicle for the exploration of poetic metaphor and transformation. It talks about shutting off, making still, stepping out of sequential time and ultimately death.
Edwina Fitzpatrick explores living environments that involve mutability and change and reflects upon how climate change may affect this delicate balance. Her work also celebrates narratives and conversations, which are often deeply informed by the history of place. She often collaborates with experts across a range of disciplines including horticulturalists, biodiversity experts, architects, perfumers, foresters, and composers.
Luke Jerram creates sculptures, installations and live art projects from the freezing forests of Lapland to the sand dunes of the Sahara desert. Jerram is colour-blind and he studies the qualities of space and perception in extreme locations, fusing his artistic sculptural practice with his scientific and perceptual studies.
Anne-Mie Melis’ work brings together art and science, exploring the visual nature of plants and their role in an increasingly technological world. Her installations combine sculpture, animation and drawing to question the environment, the engineering of nature and our changing climate.
Owl Project consists of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. Working collaboratively they create musicmaking instruments and machines that combine electronics and software with traditional techniques such as green woodworking and wooden water wheels.
Events: Monday 21 November 6-8pm. In Conversation: Michael Shaw (Curator, Burghley Sculpture Garden), Sven Mündner (Hannah Barry Gallery) & Hayley Skipper (Curator – Arts Development, Forestry Commission England).
Friday 25 November 6-8pm. SLAM Fridays: Featuring a performance by Owl Project.
Monday 28 November 6-8pm. In Conversation: Joy Sleeman with exhibiting artists.
Terra. 9 November – 11 December 2011. JVA at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN. Mon – Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10am-3pm.
Terra will tour to Grizedale Forest, Cumbria in 2012. The exhibition has been developed in partnership with the Forestry Commission England and curated by Hayley Skipper and Antony Mottershead of the Forestry Commission England. An exhibition catalogue will be published including a foreword by Joy Sleeman, lecturer and writer on Land Art.
Images: Jonathan Anderson; Edwina Fitzpatrick; Anna Mie Melis.