Land | Sea
22 June – 16 July 2016
Gallery opening times: Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm
A new exhibition of camera-less photography by Paul Kenny will include recent works from his series Seaworks and O’Hanami – re-imaginings of objects found along the shoreline and forest floors of Great Britain.
The concept for Seaworks arose whilst Kenny was scouring a beach in Mayo, Ireland in 2000 and stumbled upon a 7UP bottle with a message inside that had been washed up on the shore. The bottle had taken seven years to cross the Atlantic from Fado Island, off Newfoundland and was covered in thousands of scratches that had been left by the tide, rocks and barnacles whilst at sea. Inspired by the idea of nature leaving its mark on the man-made object, Kenny started cutting up bottles to create his works. Working without a camera, Kenny creates small plates or slides laden with objects found on his wanderings – leaves, flowers, shells and rocks. Each plate is then scanned to produce abstract large-scale photographs rich with opalescent colours, which take on the form of imagined landscapes.
Kenny’s O Hanami series is named after the Japanese festival that celebrates the few short days of cherry blossom blooms before they are swept away by the wind. Inspired by a trip to Japan, this series considers the passing of the seasons and the ephemeral beauty flora, fauna and in Kenny’s found objects.
Environmentally minded, Kenny is insistent that, although experimental, his work is first and foremost photography and cites the influence of land artists including Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy. Building on forty years of work, this exhibition will highlight a new interest in Kenny’s work with the division of land through man-made grids, in the form of maps and arbitrary demarcations.
Kenny’s work is held in collections including the National Media Museum, Bradford; the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Goldman Sachs; and the Deutsche Bank Collection.
This exhibition will be free of charge.
Beetles and Huxley Gallery, 3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DE
For more information please see Beetles and Huxley Gallery website.
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