The first in a series of four Landscape exhibitions studying the variations of “New Landscape”
Richard Chivers, Marc Wilson and Zander Olsen have all been working on personal aspects of the British Landscape, breaking the stereotypical image of our perception of a traditional landscape photographer. Sometimes gritty, other times conceptual . Marc Wilson’s work explores abandonment, Richard Chivers’ work the scarring and intimate facades of quarrying, whilst Zander Olsen uses landscape as a tool to explore perspective.
All these landscapes have a story in common – the story of their abandonment by man…What Marc Wilson allows us to see is their survival, revealing their intrinsic beauty” (Mouvement – A French magazine)
Marc Wilson’s fine art work is based in the genre of documentary landscape photography. He shows us these landscapes, their raw nature, and their relationship to the human presence that is drawn towards them. Be it the recognition of human figures or the physical trace of human intervention, these images allow the viewer to understand the vastness of the landscape, its natural power and the interaction of man within it.
Richard Chivers work investigates the exposed surfaces where mineral extraction is or has taken place at a number of key localities around Sussex. In particular he explores the connection of these sites to geology, archaeology and history and how these spaces have been shaped and re-shaped.
Although these quarries represent relatively small scars on the Sussex landscape, they highlight the human need to constantly shape and re-shape our natural environment. These large scale portraits of the land explore the depths of history hidden beneath our landscape.
Olsen has been working on a series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest, involving site specific interventions with the lanscape “wrapping” trees with white material that constructs a visual relationship with the line of a horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint., bringing our attention to how we perceive space and form.