Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig
6-11 June 2013
The Belfry Art Gallery
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9PA London
Curated by Amy Cutler.
This exhibition investigates the properties of forest memory through text, archive, and ‘xylarium’, or wood collection. Between the French horticultural term “forest trauma” and Robert Pogue Harrison’s “forests of nostalgia”, a whole discipline around history, witnessing, and the memorial qualities of woodland opens up. Art works examining the cultural expression of time and history in the forest are placed here alongside archival photographs, small press texts, artefacts, and museum objects, in an old, low-lit belfry designed by Sir John Soane.
A candle-lit collection on forests, memory, and social and natural history ● Cabinets of book works, wood works, paintings, drawings, prints, film projection, and music ● Wood specimens and photographs from Kew’s Museum of Economic Botany, English Heritage, the Epping Forest archive, the London Metropolitan Archives, and local collectors ● Tree ring slices and materials from dendrochronology labs ● Installations and one-off editions from forty artists, including Colin Sackett, Chris Drury, Bryan Nash Gill, Richard Skelton, herman de vries, Katsutoshi Yuasa, Stefka Mueller, Alec Finlay, Tony Lopez, Willem Sanders and Amy Todman.
Peter Foolen Editions supplied books and works for this exhibition by herman de vries, Willem Sanders, Chris Drury, Oooms and Paul van Dijk.