Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 1979
So before leaving Warwick last week for reading week, whilst walking though the constantly vibrant and buzzing Arts Centre we have here at Warwick, I popped up to the Mead Gallery for a quick look around their latest exhibition entitled Uncommon Ground; a comprehensive exhibition of British Land Art to date. I think particularly as a student living on campus, it is very easy to forget just how much is available to you and quite literally on your doorstep. About a five minute walk from my accommodation, I once again find myself face to face with the extraordinary and hugely influential work of artists such as Richard Long and Susan Hiller. These two artists in particular have not only been instrumental to the ideas explored throughout my own art over the last few years, but are also representative of some of the most important artists and artist groups working in the UK between the mid-1960s and late-1970s.
The exhibition explores the way in which the term ‘Landscape’ was questioned and transformed by artists during this period to become the ground for radical artistic experiment. Indeed, it reveals the distinct forms that Land art took in Britain in the late Sixties and Seventies: predominantly conceptual and ephemeral, hand-made and organic. In this way, Land Art soon became considered a new means of expression; an artistic form alongside that of performance, installation and sound art, and therefore, a movement which collectively pushed art beyond the traditional confines of the studio and gallery. Essentially ‘land’ itself became the medium. It is a topic I have previously explored myself and documented on this post of another blog of mine… http://claudialussana.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/nothing-strikes-you-you-dont-know-how-to-see/
Anyway, back to the exhibition. What struck me the most (particularly as this was only my second visit to the Mead Gallery) was how brilliantly this exhibition was curated. The space afforded to the gallery itself was transformed in order to effectively bring together a selection of diverse works by 24 British artists whilst simultaneously provoking a renewed interest in older forms of landscape art, and in historic landscapes.
Nevertheless, perhaps even if just to see what it looks like to walk backwards and forwards over a piece of grass until the squashed turf forms a line, this exhibition is definitely worth a visit!
Artists featured: Roger Ackling, Keith Arnatt, Boyle Family, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Tony Cragg, Jan Dibbets, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Barry Flanagan, Hamish Fulton, Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, Susan Hiller, John Hilliard, Derek Jarman, David Lamelas, John Latham, Richard Long, Roelof Louw, Anthony McCall, Bruce McLean, Garry Fabian Miller, David Nash, Roger Palmer, David Tremlett
Alternatively, if you’re interested in the crazy world of art in any way and fancy having a look at my own art blog, go ahead… http://claudialussana.wordpress.com/
What I have found about uni is that you find yourself making a conscious effort to continue the things you love regardless of your degree. In doing so, you will find yourself meeting others of the same interests through the huge range of societies and events occurring all around you.